Palestinians Seek 5+1 Formula To End Conflict With Israel

The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Amman Sunday and told him the Palestinian leadership is working with the international community to hold an international peace conference to find a 5+1 formula and end the conflict with Israel

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The Palestinian official news agency WAFA quoted Abbas’ spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rudeinah as saying that the meeting discussed the latest developments “in depth and detail.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas (R) at the Palestinian ambassador's residence in Amman, Jordan, Feb. 21, 2016. [Xinhua/EPA/POOL/JAMAL NASRALLAH]
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas (R) at the Palestinian ambassador’s residence in Amman, Jordan, Feb. 21, 2016. [Xinhua/EPA/POOL/JAMAL NASRALLAH]
Abu Rudeinah said that Abbas stressed the Palestinian leadership’s efforts to “go to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to condemn settlement expansion and end it.”

He added that the president addressed the efforts to form national consensus government to unify the Palestinian land and people, with regards to the latest round of national dialogue between Abbas’s Fatah party and Islamic Hamas movement in Doha.

Abbas wants Kerry to talk to the Israelis, and help release the striking prisoner Mohamed Al-Qiq, who has been on a hunger strike for 90 days protesting administrative detention, and to release bodies of Palestinians withheld by Israeli authorities, said Abu Rudeinah.

Kerry said that the Obama administration will continue to exert its efforts till the last moment to maintain the two-states solution in order to achieve stability and security in the region, according to WAFA.

The Palestinian presidency welcomed statements by French Foreign Minister Lauren Fabius in which he said his country would resume efforts to organize an international conference to “rescue the two-states solution.”

Fabius said shall this initiative fail, “we must undertake our responsibility and recognize the Palestinian state.”

Israel rejected Fabius’ statements, saying it is an ultimatum that Palestinians would use to fail the talks.

The Israeli public radio reported that a senior U.S. official said that direct negotiations between Palestinians and Israel are the best way to reach a mutual agreement.

The last round of peace talks stopped in April 2014, after 9 months of meetings mediated by the United States.

A wave of unrest broke out between Palestinians and Israel since last October, killing 180 Palestinians, according to the PNA health ministry, and over 30 Israelis.

Source: Xinhua

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