PLO urges Abbas to quit talks with Israel
The Palestinian leadership on Saturday called on president Mahmud Abbas to quit US-backed peace negotiations over Israeli settlement construction, his spokesman said. "Our position has not changed. We will not hold negotiations while settlement activity continues," Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP after a special meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and top officials from Abbas's Fatah movement in the city of Ramallah.
He added, however, that the Palestinians would continue consultations with American mediators and would present the results of those talks to an Arab League meeting on Friday in the Libyan city of Sirte.
Abbas had said he would make his final decision on whether to pull out of the talks after he consults with the Arab foreign ministers.