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Palestinians mull options should peace talks with Israel break down

Jan. 14, 2014 at 8:24 AM
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RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Palestinian leaders met to discuss their options should current peace talks with Israel break down, a senior Palestinian official told Haaretz.

The leaders met Monday and determined that if no deal was reached within the nine-month time frame for the talks, the Palestinian leadership would turn to unilateral actions with the United Nations, the official, whose name wasn't disclosed by the Tel Aviv newspaper, said.

President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that after the nine-month period ends in April, if no deal is reached, Palestinians are free of any obligations they agreed to under the negotiations. Palestinian leaders had agreed not to pursue international recognition while talks were in motion.

"If Israel insists on continuing with [settlement] construction and disregarding understandings, the Palestinians will be free to disregard those obligations," Abbas said.

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