Sources: Palestinian Prime Minister delays expected meeting with Israeli counterpart
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei, also known as Abu Ala, accepted a recommendation by participants of the Geneva Accords to postpone his meeting with Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon until after the official ceremony of the signing of the accords in December, Palestinian sources said.
According to the sources, Qurei accepted the viewpoint according to which the signing of the accords would generate international and internal pressure on Sharon that may benefit the Palestinians ahead of the meeting.
Qurei told Al Jazeera on Monday that the Israeli leader will find in the Palestinians a "serious partner" if the seriousness is reciprocated and if Israel implements Palestinian demands such as releasing prisoners, halting construction of the so-called "separation fence" and ceasing settlement activities; measures that would illustrate Sharon wanted to turn over a new leaf in his ties with the Palestinian Authority.
Moreover, Qurei added that a date has not yet been set for the meeting with Sharon. (Albawaba.com)
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