Palestinians defer decision on renewing peace talks: official

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Posted: Jul 18, 2013 10:58 AM
Palestinians defer decision on renewing peace talks: official

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian leaders on Thursday put off a decision about restarting peace talks with Israel, with most saying Israel must first meet their terms before negotiations can start, a Palestinian official said.

Qais Abdel-Karim, an official with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), told Reuters after the meeting headed by President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank that a committee would convene on Friday to discuss the matter further.

"There is a general tendency among PLO officials to reject resuming negotiations before Israel recognizes the 1967 borders as a base for the peace process and end (West Bank) settlement activity," Abel-Karim said.

(Reporting by Ali Sawafta, Nidal al-Mughrabi; editing by Tom Pfeiffer)