Kerry offers halt to east Jerusalem settlement

Kerry met Abbas, reportedly proposing suspension of Jewish settlement construction in West Bank and East Jerusalem for three months to resume negotiations with Israel.

Kerry offers halt to east Jerusalem settlement

World Bulletin / News Desk

America's top diplomat John F. Kerry offered a three-month halt to the Jewish settlement construction in Eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank in a meeting in Jordan on Wednesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in order to resume Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations and lasting solution, al-Fatah sources said.

Kerry reportedly pledged Abbas US guarantee for the implementation of the proposal, sources added.

Abbas was expected to meet with his top aides on Thursday to assess the US proposal.

The US state secretary also met with representatives of the Arab League on Wednesday in Amman on his sixth trip to the Middle East since he was sworn in as top US diplomat last February.

The Palestinian leader has rejected negotiations unless all West Bank settlement construction stopped, a demand which Israel has refused, defying any conditions for negotiations to resume. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Temmuz 2013, 17:21