Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas stated on Saturday that the failure by American envoy George Mitchell to a secure a deal on Jewish settlements means the resumption of peace talks with Israel is on hold. "The road is now blocked," Abbas told reporters after meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo.
According to AFP, Abbas said that the onus was now on Israel to clear the way for peace negotiations, adding that Mitchell will resume talks with the Middle East players after the UN General Assembly next week. "There is no more work (for Mitchell) with the Western or Palestinian sides because we are complying with all our duties. The focus has to be on the Israeli side," he said.