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Israel not presenting important ideas at exploratory meetings: Abbas

(Xinhua)

09:46, January 17, 2012

RAMALLAH, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday that Israel has not presented any important ideas during the exploratory meetings held in Amman.

The official Palestinian news agency "Wafa" quoted Abbas as saying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not proposed "any important ideas related to reviving the stalled peace process. "

On Jan. 3, Jordan and the international peacemaking Quartet managed to bring Israeli and Palestinians negotiators to Amman in a bid to resume their stalled direct peace negotiations.

Though three such meetings have since been held, the Palestinians insist the meetings do not mean the direct talks have been resumed.

The Palestinians have been pressing Israel to response to their demand that the Jewish country halt its settlement construction on Palestinian territories and recognize the principle of the two- state solution.

"It's impossible to get back to negotiations without complete cessation of the Israeli settlement," Abbas was quoted as saying. "The ongoing settlement would make us asking ourselves where we should establish our state."

Earlier on Monday, the Israeli media quoted Netanyahu as saying that he proposed some new ideas including an Israeli vision on resuming the peace talks and finding a permanent peace solution.

Netanyahu said that his points have gained an Israeli consensus and expressed his hope that the meetings in Amman would continue after Jan. 26 as well as his readiness to meet Abbas any time, even in Ramallah.

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