Kerry to meet Palestinian president in peace talks bid

US Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah to try to revive peace talks with Israel.

The state department announced the plan after Mr Kerry met the Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, in Amman.

Palestinian officials who met earlier did not endorse a new US plan.

They wanted more guarantees that talks about borders would be based on pre-1967 ceasefire lines.

“The problem is that up to now there aren’t clear written commitments about the terms of reference for negotiations,” Mustafa Barghouti, head of the Palestinian National Initiative told the BBC.

“What we are asking for is written clear invitations that refer to a two-state solution based on 1967 borders and that is the Palestinian position.”

Dr Barghouti said that Palestinians also had reservations about giving up their demand for Israel to freeze its settlement construction in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

“If they continue settlement activities while negotiations take place this will completely undermine the situation,” he said.


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