Abbas: Obama ”doing nothing”

Published November 24th, 2009 - 08:57 GMT

US President Barack Obama is "doing nothing right now" to resume the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said in an interview published Tuesday. "I hope he'll take a more important role in the future," Abbas told the Argentine daily Clarin during a visit to Buenos Aires.

 

The Palestinians "are waiting for the United States to put pressure on Israel so it respects international law, so it takes up the road map" towards peace, he said. "It can do two things: put pressure on the Israelis so they reject settlements, and put pressure so they accept withdrawing to the 1967 borders."

 

On Monday, in talks with Abbas, Argentine President Cristina Kirchner also said she wanted the United States to "do more" to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. After Argentina, he was to continue to Chile, Paraguay and Venezuela.

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