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Peace negotiations, Israel announced a postponement of the Paris Summit

20 octobre 2010

The summit which was to meet in Paris on Oct. 21 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been postponed, said Saturday the office of Israeli Prime Minister.

“After consultations, parties concerned have agreed to decide on another date,” said Netanyahu’s office said, without elaborating.

This decision was implicitly confirmed by the chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.

“The continuation of Israeli settlement ruin all peace efforts, whether those of the (U.S.) President Barack Obama or those of the President (French) Nicolas Sarkozy,” has he told AFP.

He said that in any case the Palestinian Authority had not received any official invitation, with a specific date on the meeting.”

The French presidency had already raised the possibility Friday that the meeting of the main protagonists of the peace negotiations in the Middle East, announced by Nicolas Sarkozy, did not unfold as planned next week, following the suspension of direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

“There is a big question mark. We are working on it all. For the moment, there is no decision-making, either one way or the other,” had indicated on Friday French Presidency.

Following a lunch with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Sarkozy announced September 27 came in October at the Paris MM. Abbas and Netanyahu and President Mubarak to prepare a summit of the Union for the Mediterranean (UFM) announced in late November in Barcelona.

The French presidency had initially selected a date of 21 October to organize this meeting, which should also be invited Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Occasions in early September in Washington under the auspices of the United States, direct negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis have been suspended by the Palestinians after Israel’s decision not to extend the freeze on settlements in the West Bank.

On 9 October, the Arab League has granted a period of one month in Washington to resolve this dispute settlement.

Source: 17.10.2010

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