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Medvedev, Abbas hold talks in Moscow

01-21-2012 08:06 BJT

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Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has met his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow for talks focused on ways to resume Middle East peace talks. Direct discussions between the Palestinians and Israelis have been stalled since 2010 over the issue of Israeli settlement construction.

Abbas says the Palestinians will not resume talks unless Israel stops building in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Abbas says continued growth in the settlements, now home to some 500-thousand Israelis, is a sign of bad faith by Israel.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, meets with Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas in Gorki residence outside Moscow on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012.

Israel maintains that the issue of settlements would be solved automatically once there are agreed-upon borders and rejects any preconditions to negotiations. Abbas told Medvedev that he was to be honored by having a street in the West Bank town of Jericho named after him.

Medevedev visited Jericho in January, 2011.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, welcomes Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Gorki residence outside Moscow on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, welcomes Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas in Gorki residence outside Moscow on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, welcomes Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Gorki residence outside Moscow on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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