Kerry presses for framework before next March

تم نشره في Mon 3 February / Feb 2014. 03:00 AM

 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pressuring to reach a framework agreement before Israel’s release of the fourth and final group of Palestinian prisoners, scheduled for the end of March.

Haaretz newspaper reported on Sunday that Kerry is thought to believe that if his efforts do not bear fruit by then , the negotiations will break down, either due to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to release Palestinian prisoners from 1948 occupied territories or due to an anticipated surge of construction in the settlements in response to the prisoner release. This could cause the Palestinians to abandon the talks and renew their unilateral actions in the United Nations, a senior Israeli official has said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Kerry’s unofficial deadline may be in eight weeks, but he and his team are making great efforts to finalize an agreement ahead of the target date. That agreement would presumably extend the negotiations, which were supposed to be completed by April 29, to the end of the year,Haaretz explained.

 

The Americans want to square away the framework as soon as possible in order to leave as much time as possible for negotiating the core issues,the newspaper added. (Petra)

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