No return for Palestinians to talks that don't address settlement issue

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Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Negotiations that fail to address the problem of the Israeli building of settlements in the occupied Palestinian Territory will not be attended by Palestinians.

That's what President Mahmoud Abbas of the State of Palestine told the UN General Assembly as it continued its annual general debate on Friday.

President Abbas stressed that negotiations must be linked to a firm timetable for ending the Israeli occupation and achieving the independence of the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital.

"It is impossible, and I repeat, it is impossible to return to the cycle of negotiations that failed to deal with the substance of the matter and the fundamental question. There is neither credibility nor seriousness in negotiations in which Israel predetermines the results via its settlement activities and the occupation's brutality." (25″)

Mr. Abbas accused Israel of waging a "new war of genocide against Palestinians" in Gaza.

He said this happened in the same year that has been proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration: 1'18"

 

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