Abbas insists on settlement construction halt before talks re-start
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas called on Washington on Sunday to declare an "endgame" to resolve the conflict with Israel if the latter does not agree to halt settlement growth. Abbas said in a statement published by the official Wafa news agency that Arab states and the Palestinians would present a unified position to the United States offering two options.
"Either Israel adheres to a complete halt to settlements and the guidelines (of talks) or America must come and say this is the endgame with respect to determining borders and the refugee issue and other final status issues."
"We cannot return to the negotiations if Israel stays with this position," Abbas said, referring to the limited Israeli moratorium declared over two month ago by Premier Benjamin Netanyahu.