Abbas accepts French initiative to resume peace talks with Israel: spokesman

14:14, June 05, 2011      

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accepted a French initiative to resume peace talks with Israel since it "agrees with the Palestinian ambitions," one of Abbas' spokesman said Saturday.

"President Abbas welcomes the French initiative and emphasizes the Palestinian readiness to go ahead with the peace process according to the international legitimacy," Nabil Abu Rdineh told Xinhua.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe Wednesday presented the French peace plan to Abbas in Rome, which envisions the 1967 lines as the borders between Israel and the future Palestinian state. The French initiative agrees mostly with a recent speech by U.S. President Barack Obama, but goes further to emphasize security for the two states, not only for Israel.

Moreover, the new initiative sets one year as a time table for Israel and the Palestinians to agree on the status of Jerusalem and resolve the issue of Palestinian refugees.

Since the plan "prevents unilateral measures and agrees with the Palestinian ambitions. The Palestinian side accepted it," Abu Rdineh said.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians halted last year, when Israel resumed Jewish settlements building in the West Bank.

Source: Xinhua

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