Uncertainty over Abbas-Hillary meeting

A new meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and top US diplomat Hillary Clinton was in doubt with the State Department saying talks confirmed by Palestinian officials were not yet scheduled.

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2010, 21:47 PM IST

United Nations: A new meeting between
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and top US diplomat
Hillary Clinton was in doubt with the State Department saying
talks confirmed by Palestinian officials for Saturday were not
yet scheduled.

The proposed new meeting would follow the 25-minute
session held yesterday night on the sidelines of the UN
General Assembly in which little progress was made in
Clinton`s effort to convince Abbas not to walk out of
fledgling peace talks over Israeli settlements.

Abbas had emerged from yesterday`s meeting with
Clinton saying he would have "another meeting with Hillary"
today, with his entourage saying the talks were set for 12:30
pm (1630 GMT).

But today`s session between the two dignitaries was
"not scheduled at this point," State Department spokesman
Philip Crowley told reporters mid-morning today.

Israel had indicated on yesterday it was willing to
cut a deal acceptable to the United States and the
Palestinians before the expiry this weekend of the moratorium
on building new settlements in the West Bank.

Abbas rejected any compromise that does not
guarantee a "complete halt" to settlement activity, top aide
Nabil Abu Rudeina told a news agency.

PTI