Abu Rudeineh: Agreement on Principles to Resume Negotiations

RAMALLAH, July 20, 2013 (WAFA) – Following the meeting between

President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday in Ramallah, presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said that “as a result of the meetings and long discussions with President Abbas in the last few days, progress was made that allows reaching an agreement on the principles that would allow resumption of negotiations.”

He said, however, that “certain details still need to be resolved and if things go well, Secretary Kerry will invite Saeb Erekat (the chief Palestinian negotiator) and an Israeli representative to meet with him in Washington in the next few days to hold preliminary talks.”

Kerry arrived in Ramallah Friday to hold further talks with Abbas after the Palestinian leadership, which met on Thursday, raised questions regarding the terms of reference for the negotiations with Israel.

The leadership has insisted on Israel agreeing to hold talks based on the 1967 borders, which include the entire West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

Israel has so far said it wants to keep occupied East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as the capital of their state, and the big settlement blocs in the West Bank, which the Palestinians also say should be an outcome of a final settlement and not before that.

source: wafa news