Abbas urges Obama to impose solution for full Palestine statehood

Palestinian President Abbas urged the Obama administration to impose a solution to the Middle East conflict.

Abbas urges Obama to impose solution for full Palestine statehood

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday rejected the establishment of a Palestinian state within temporary borders, an idea he said was recently proposed for restarting peace talks.

In a speech to leaders of his Fatah movement, Abbas urged Israel to resume serious negotiations on the terms of full Palestinian statehood, adding that such talks should wrap up within two years.

Meanwhile, Abbas urged the Obama administration to impose a solution to the Middle East conflict that would give his people an independent state.

"Mr. President (Barack Obama) and members of the American administration, since you believe in this (an independent Palestinian state), it is your duty to take steps toward a solution and to impose this solution," Abbas said in a speech.

Abbas made the remarks to members of his Fatah party in the West Bank city of Ramallah a day after talks there with Obama's Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, who is currently in the region, Reuters said.

"We've asked them (the Obama administration) more than once: 'Impose a solution'," Abbas said.

Mitchell told Palestine and Israel on Friday that Obama wants a comprehensive peace deal to be a reality soon and not in some vague and distant future time.

The Palestinians want a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast War. They also seek a freeze of all settlement construction before a resumption of peace talks

Pressing both sides to end a 16-month suspension of negotiations, Obama wants "proximity talks" on a deal to start within weeks.

Abbas's appeal to Obama came amid widespread media reports that the U.S. president was considering floating a proposal that would set the contours of a final peace deal.

Obama has been sharply at odds with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Israeli settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, land Palestinians want for their state, and in East Jerusalem, which Abbas wants as a future capital.

Abbas refuses to resume negotiations suspended in December 2008 until all settlement building stops.

Mitchell is seeking Netanyahu's response to Obama's request for certain confidence-building measures to persuade Abbas to start proximity talks, hoping to move to direct negotiations between the two sides in the following months.

Mitchell met Netanyahu on Friday and he is due to meet the Israeli leader again on Sunday.

Agencies

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