Abbas: Indirect Peace Talks Not Hopeful

Published: May 5th 2010
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
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As US Middle East envoy George Mitchell met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas cautioned that if the negotiations fail to focus on the issues at hand, they could fall through within a mere few months.


"Negotiations will focus on final status issues and there's no need to enter into details and small matters because we have had enough of that in the previous negotiations," Abbas said after speaking with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman.


According to Abbas, indirect peace negotiations will likely last a maximum of four months, after which they will not be able to progress without external advice, in particular from the Arab League.


Crucial negotiation subject matter includes setting the final borders of a future Palestinian state for Abbas, and forgoing minor details that simply skirt around the bigger issues, ultimately evading them.


Abbas told CNN on Wednesday that he finds the Netanyahu administration "extreme and uncooperative," but added that "since they are an elected government, we have no choice but to work with them."


He also stated, however, that should building resume in the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority would immediately halt negotiations.


National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau told Army Radio earlier on Wednesday that he felt the “Israeli government must make no more overtures to the Palestinians, they only embolden the other side and reduce the chances of reaching an agreement."


Landau added that the Israeli people must resolve the fate of Jerusalem internally, not being open to discussing it with other states.


“We do not discuss London with the British or Paris with the French, and neither should we discuss Jerusalem with them,” he said.


Mitchell and Netanyahu met in Jerusalem regarding indirect proximity peace talks earlier this week.


Only time will tell if Abbas’s negative outlook will prove accurate.

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