Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas
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Abbas calls on Israel to cease settlement building

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has said Middle East peace talks will collapse unless Israel extends a moratorium on building settlements in the West Bank.

Israel has refused, saying settlement building is not an impediment to talks.

Mr Abbas will hold further talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton amid last-ditch efforts to keep the newly started talks alive.

  • 25 Sep 2010
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