Obama `doing nothing` on Mideast peace: Abbas
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 23:10
Buenos Aires: US President Barack Obama is "doing nothing right now" to restart the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said in an interview published on Tuesday.

"I hope he'll take a more important role in the future," Abbas told the Argentine daily Clarin during a visit to Buenos Aires.

The Palestinians "are waiting for the United States to put pressure on Israel so it respects international law, so it takes up the road map" towards peace, he said, according to publication's Spanish translation.

"It can do two things: put pressure on the Israelis so they reject settlements, and put pressure so they accept withdrawing to the 1967 borders."

Yesterday, in talks with Abbas, Argentine President Cristina Kirchner also said she wanted the United States to "do more" to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

"We cannot ignore the role the United States has, by virtue of their particular weight, in bringing Israel back to the negotiating table," she told a joint news conference.

Peace talks have been on hold since the beginning of the year and remain stalled over Israel's refusal to halt settlement construction, which the Palestinians have set as a precondition for negotiations.


First Published: Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 23:10

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