Will quit peace talks if no building freeze: Abbas

Abbas has warned to quit peace talks unless Israel extends a curb on settlement construction.

Ramallah: Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas says he has warned Israel`s prime minister that he`ll
quit peace talks unless Israel extends a curb on settlement
construction.

Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
launched negotiations at a summit in Washington last week.

A 10-month freeze on settlement housing ends Sept.
26, and Netanyahu is under pressure from hardline allies to
resume construction.

Netanyahu has not said what he will do. He told his
Cabinet today that creative solutions are needed to make the
talks succeed.

However, Abbas told PLO activists in Libya late
Saturday that "if the freeze period is not extended by the end
of the month, there will be no negotiations."

Abbas says he made that clear to Netanyahu.

PTI

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