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Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas says he asked U.S. to 'impose' peace solution

Supporters of indicted Judge Baltasar Garzón rally in Madrid holding posters with images of people they say the Franco regime killed.
Supporters of indicted Judge Baltasar Garzón rally in Madrid holding posters with images of people they say the Franco regime killed. (Arturo Rodriguez/associated Press)

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

MIDDLE EAST

Abbas says he asked U.S. to 'impose' solution

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Saturday for a resumption of peace negotiations with Israel and said he had asked the United States more than once to unilaterally "impose" a solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"I call upon the American administration, especially President Obama, to resume peaceful negotiations and to stop the settlements and to launch serious negotiations for establishing the Palestinian state," Abbas told leaders of his Fatah party in a speech.

"We asked them more than one time to impose the solution," Abbas said of U.S. officials, voicing frustration over the absence of progress toward a peace settlement.

Abbas spoke a day after meeting with Obama's Middle East envoy, George J. Mitchell, in Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority's power in the West Bank. Mitchell is on his first trip to the region since a spat over Israeli construction in East Jerusalem marred a visit here last month by Vice President Biden. Mitchell also met Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Israel wants a U.S.-led mediation in the conflict but would reject any effort by the United States or anyone else to dictate the terms of a final deal.

In recent days, Israeli news media have reported that Netanyahu was open to a Palestinian state with provisional borders, an idea Abbas dismissed in his speech Saturday.

-- Janine Zacharia and Sufian Taha

PAKISTAN

Insurgent attacks, military raids kill 29

A suicide car bomber targeted a prison van and gunmen torched six NATO oil tankers in separate strikes Saturday that killed four Pakistani police officers and wounded 10, authorities said.


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