Netanyahu calls for continued negociations with Palestinians

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday he wants negotiations to continue with the President of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, when meeting the U.S. envoy, George Mitchell.

“There are many uncertainties and obstacles in the path of peace. Everyone understands that”, said Netanyahu, according to a statement from his office during the meeting with Mitchell, who arrived Tuesday evening in Jerusalem to try to stimulate further negociations.

“My government and I are determined to reach a peace agreement that guarantees the security and vital interests of Israel,” he added.

“I hope that the positive discussions that began with President Abu Mazen (Abbas) will continue in order to reach that goal,” said Israeli Prime Minister.

On Tuesday, Abbas said Israel would be responsible if negotiations halt. These began on September 2, after Jewish settlements in the West Bank restarted constructions.

The work on these settlements resumed on Monday after the end of a ten-month moratorium that Israel decided not to extend, despite intense international pressure and warnings from Abbas, who said he would not continue negotiations if the moratorium was not extended.

However, on Monday he stated he will announce his decision on the future of peace talks after an Arab League meeting to be held on October 4.

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