RAMALLAH, July 10, 2010 (WAFA)- Palestinian said on Saturday he wanted progress in indirect peace talks with Israel before any move to face-to-face talks, which the United States wants the two sides to begin.
President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated that there would be no direct negotiations unless there is progress in the issues of borders and security which are taking place in the indirect proximity talks.
Speaking Saturday on the occasion of the ascension to heaven of the Prophet Mohammed, Abbas said: 'We said that if there is progress we will go to direct talks. If no progress happens, what is the benefit of negotiations that will be futile and useless,' adding that 'We are still hoping to realize success that will allow us to launch serious negotiations leading to peace.'
Abbas said Israel must stop building settlements on Palestinian land in the West Bank including East Jerusalem and dismantle the settlements under a final peace deal. He did not repeat his previous demand for a complete halt to settlement building as a condition for direct peace talks.