Settlement Activity, Prisoners Issue Hinder Peace, says Abbas

VIENNA, April 30, 2013 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday said the ongoing Israeli settlement activity especially in Jerusalem and detention of thousands of Palestinian prisoners hinder the peace process.

Abbas affirmed in a press conference with his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer plans to establish the institutions of the Palestinian state, improve and develop the economy, maintain security and stability, and achieve the reconciliation.

He briefed Fischer on the latest developments in the peace process and discussed topics of common interest.

Abbas also reiterated intentions to resume negotiations based on international conventions, the two-state solution and the 1967 borders including East Jerusalem.

Source: WAFA News