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Abbas wants U.S. to "impose" Mideast peace solution

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PNA leader Mahmound Abbas has called on the U.S. administration to "impose a solution" to the Middle East conflict instead of waiting for the results of the two-party negotiations.

PNA leader Mahmound Abbas has called on the U.S. administration to "impose a solution" to the Middle East conflict instead of waiting for the results of the two-party negotiations.

The announcement came as U.S. mediator George Mitchell arrived to the region on Friday in a bid to restart the Israeli-Palestinian dialog, which stalled more than a year ago.

"We have asked [the Obama administration] more than once: 'Impose a solution.' Mr. President [Barack Obama] and members of the American administration, since you believe [in an independent Palestinian state], it is your duty to take steps toward a solution and to impose it," Abbas said on Saturday.

Israel has called on the PNA to resume peace talks immediately and without any preconditions.

Palestinians, however, cite ongoing Israeli settlement construction in the occupied territories as a main obstacle to the peace process.

Under the internationally agreed roadmap for Middle East peace, Israel is obliged to freeze all settlement construction activity and remove unauthorized outposts built since 2001 from Palestinian territories.

 

GAZA, April 25 (RIA Novosti)

 

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