Sunday, October 2, 2011

Abbas aide urges Quartet to press for Israeli settlement halt

RAMALLAH, West Bank — A senior aide to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas demanded Saturday that international mediators insist on a halt to Israeli settlement construction, after their initiative to restart peace talks was jolted this week by Israel’s decision to advance building plans on West Bank land annexed to Jerusalem.

Nabil Shaath characterized the response to Israel’s move by the mediating group known as the Quartet as a slap on the wrist and said that more robust action was needed to ensure that negotiations resume with ground rules that include a halt to Israeli construction on land the Palestinians seek for a future state....READ MORE

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