Thu, November 11, 2010
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Abbas says hope to resume talks with Israel still exists

2010-11-11 13:38:45 GMT2010-11-11 21:38:45 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

RAMALLAH, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Palestinians still hope that the U.S. would succeed in brokering a halt to Jewish settlement building in the West Bank, President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday.

Abbas said Washington and the Quartet of Middle East peace mediators, which include the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations, are still exerting efforts to resume peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

"There is a unique international support to the necessity of stopping the Israeli settlement to resume the talks," Abbas said. He made his remarks outside his office in Ramallah, where thousands of people gathered to mark the sixth anniversary of late leader Yasser Arafat's death.

The United States brokered the negotiations, but they collapsed quickly on Sept. 26, after Israel ended a 10-month partial moratorium on construction in the West Bank.

Abbas urged Israel "not to lose the available chance of making peace." However, he stressed not to resume the negotiations until Israel stops the building.

Abbas also reiterated that the eastern part of Jerusalem "would be an unbreakable part" of the future Palestinian state. Israel says Jerusalem can not be divided or shared with the Palestinians.

"Making peace is more important than settlement or the coalition government," Abbas said, referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said his government might fail if he froze the building again.

"Our children and your children must live in peace," Abbas said, directing his speech to the Israeli people.

In the Palestinian differences, Abbas said he is sticking to make reconciliation with Islamic Hamas movement, which routed his forces and seized the Gaza Strip in 2007. He urged Hamas to end " the coup" in Gaza.

"The national unity is more beautiful than the American and Iranian agendas and veto," he added, hinting at Hamas' ties with Iran and what Hamas claims to be U.S. orders to Abbas to reject unity with the Islamic movement.

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