Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola virus : Liberia shuts most border points

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

"What would you do?"

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine

Read more

FOCUS

As France’s Carrefour pulls out, what next for India’s retail market?

Read more

#TECH 24

Internet of Things

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014 (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

Halal tourism on the rise

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014

Read more

  • Israel warns of ‘prolonged’ campaign in Gaza

    Read more

  • In pictures: From Gaza to Mosul, bittersweet end of Ramadan for Muslims

    Read more

  • France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians

    Read more

  • Moroccan police arrest French al-Qaeda recruiter

    Read more

  • Russia ordered to pay Yukos shareholders over $50bn in damages

    Read more

  • French mayor files complaint against US father who risked kids’ lives on Mont Blanc

    Read more

  • French footballer Griezmann headed to Atletico Madrid

    Read more

  • Luc Besson’s sci-fi thriller ‘Lucy’ tops US box office

    Read more

  • Video: Slaviansk mourns mass grave victims

    Read more

  • France honours those lost on Air Algérie Flight AH5017

    Read more

  • Video: Ethiopia turns to wine to boost image, economy

    Read more

  • Thousands gather in Marseille in support of Israel

    Read more

  • As France’s Carrefour pulls out, what next for India’s retail market?

    Read more

  • Liberia tightens border controls to curb Ebola outbreak

    Read more

  • The centenary of Austria-Hungary’s calamitous last hurrah

    Read more

  • Nibali joins elite group with Tour de France win

    Read more

Livni assures Palestinians, talks to continue

Latest update : 2008-09-24

Israel's Prime Minister designate Tzipi Livni assured the Palestinians' chief negotiator that peace talks would continue regardless of the change of government, "with no change", according to a ministry spokesperson.

 

RAMALLAH - Chief Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qurie won an assurance from Israeli prime minister-designate Tzipi Livni on Tuesday that peace talks will not stall while she tries to form a new coalition government.

 

In an interview with Reuters following their meeting, Qurie warned that violence could erupt if the talks collapsed.

 

"The Palestinians will continue to negotiate. But, if the talks reached a dead end, what do we do? Capitulate? Resistance in all its forms is a legitimate right," Qurie said.

 

He said he had had a good first meeting with Livni, his Israeli negotiating counterpart and currently foreign minister, since her appointment as prime minister-designate on Monday.

 

"Livni reassured me she would continue the peace process without accepting any conditions."

 

In a statement issued by her office, Livni urged the Palestinians not to resort to violence which will "not achieve for the Palestinians any national objective."

 

Israeli officials denied that Livni made any promises about the contents of the negotiations going forward. Some prospective coalition partners object to including Jerusalem in the talks.

 

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said after the meeting: "Livni assured her Palestinian counterpart that the meetings and working sessions will continue in the same format, with no change, even through the period in which she is trying to put together a governing coalition."

 

But he added: "She made no promises, such as the one he (Qurie) alluded to, concerning the contents of the talks."

 

Referring to the goal set by U.S. President George W. Bush last November, Qurie said he had "great doubts about finalising a deal this year".

 

He said Palestinian leaders were considering their options if talks failed to produce a deal that would lead to independence.

 

If they lost hope in negotiations and became convinced Israel was not prepared to end its occupation, renewed attacks against Israelis were possible.

 

Asked whether he was saying the Palestinians might resume suicide bombings and attacks inside Israel, Qurie responded: "All forms of resistance."

 

Livni, now trying to form a new coalition government to carry on peace talks that have so far produced little progress, made a similar warning in August.

 

 

 

PREOCCUPATIONS

 

Bush launched Israeli-Palestinian peace talks at Annapolis last November, seeking a deal on the establishment of a Palestinian state before he leaves office in January 2009.

 

Qurie said talks on sensitive final status issues such as the fate of Jerusalem, refugees, and borders have been marred by continued Jewish settlement expansion on occupied land.

 

The change of government in Israel following the resignation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert "makes it difficult for Israel to make decisions under such conditions, and time is running out", he added.

 

The Palestinians were also unable to make decisions, as their attention was diverted by "internal divisions as a result of Hamas' coup in Gaza, and power struggles", Qurie said.

 

Israel has said it would not implement any deal it signs with the Palestinians until the government of President Mahmoud Abbas re-establishes control of the Gaza Strip, which the Islamist Hamas group seized in June 2007.

 

Qurie said Palestinian options include abandoning the proposed two-state deal for a one-state solution absorbing Jews and Arabs into a single country -- something few Jews are willing to countenance.

 

Olmert has proposed a partial deal that would set aside the most intractable issue -- divided Jerusalem. Qurie said partial deals only brought disasters in the past.

 

"We want a detailed, comprehensive accord that would end occupation," he said.

Date created : 2008-09-24

COMMENT(S)