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Abbas, Obama to sit for peace talks

25 February 2014 [12:00] - TODAY.AZ
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with U.S. President Barrack Obama in Washington to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erikat said Monday, Xinhua reported.

"I have no idea when the meeting is going to be held," Erikat told state-run Voice of Palestine radio.

However, a Palestinian official source, who spoke to Xinhua anonymously, expected that the meeting might be held next month.

Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington next month to discuss faltering peace talks which restarted last July under U.S.-auspices and set to end in April.

Since the resumption of the current Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations, the U.S. has been working to narrow the gaps between the two sides on a framework plan for peace that could end their prolonged conflict.

Last week, Abbas and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Paris in which Kerry presented his ideas for a possible peace deal.

But Palestinian officials said Kerry's proposals fell well short of the Palestinian demands and were biased to Israel.

The Palestinians seek an independent state on the territories Israel occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem as the capital of the future state.

They also want a fair solution to the issue of the refugees, who fled their homes during the Palestinian-Israeli war in 1948, and the Jewish settlements dotting the Palestinian West Bank.

Meanwhile, Erikat is supposed to meet on Monday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergio Lavrov in Moscow to survey the recent developments of the peace process.

Russia, which is a member of the international quartet committee for peace, is a main player in the peace negotiations.


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