07 April 2009

Israel NOT Invited to Peace Conference

A Palestinian negotiator on Tuesday said Israel can not be invited to an international peace conference planned to take place in the near future in Moscow.

"Some players like Israel can not be invited to Moscow conference because it denies all the political references and wants to continue building settlements," said Yasser Abed Rabbo, amember of the Palestinian negotiation team.

The PNA mainly blames the continuation of settlement activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem for the stillness of the negotiations. The two territories would form most of the future statehood.

The prospect of the peace talks waned after a new rightist Israeli government took office with its firebrand Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman focuses on making peace with the moderate Arab countries rather than the Palestinians.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is on a visit to Russia, was told that Moscow was looking at the possibility of combining the Middle East conference with U.S. President Barack Obama's visit in July. source