Subject: Abbas asks Netanyahu to extend settlement freeze for 3 or 4 months Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:35 am
De facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has asked Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu to extend the freeze on settlement activity for three or four months to give peace talks a chance to progress.
Abbas told a joint press conference with French president Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris on Monday that Netanyahu gave a ten-month freeze decision when the negotiations were not progressing and he should rather give three or four months more as the talks are underway.
The Palestinian leadership would not adopt speedy reaction to the resumption in building in settlements, he said, adding that the decision would be taken after consulting PLO leadership and the Arab follow up committee that would meet in Cairo on 4th October.
Abbas said that a stand could be announced after those meetings that would explain the Palestinian and Arab position after Israel's refusal to extend the settlement freeze.
Abbas asks Netanyahu to extend settlement freeze for 3 or 4 months