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Abbas: France trying to restart Mideast peace talks – Arab-Israeli Conflict
French President Francois Hollande (L) welcomes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) at the Elysee Palace before attending a solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of Paris January 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of French citizens will be joined by dozens of foreign leaders, among them Arab and Muslim representatives, in a march on Sunday in an unprecedented tribute to this week's victims following the shootings by gunmen at the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the killing of a police woman in Montrouge, and the hostage taking at a kosher supermarket at the Porte de Vincennes. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol (FRANCE - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)

Abbas: France trying to restart Mideast peace talks – Arab-Israeli Conflict

France has resumed efforts to revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was quoted on Thursday as saying.

Abbas, who is visiting Tunisia, said France would soon present a peace initiative to the UN Security Council. He said the Palestinians welcome France’s efforts to resume the peace talks.

“We welcome these efforts, but there is an Arab committee that is working on this issue,” Abbas said.

The PA leader said during a joint press conference with his Tunisian counterpart, Beji Caid Essebsi, that he was determined to pursue his efforts to end the dispute between his Fatah faction in the West Bank and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Last month, reports in Arab media outlets claimed that France was set to propose a new Palestinian state resolution at the UN in light of the recent Israeli national election.

The draft would define the pre-1967 lines as a reference point for talks, while allowing room for land swaps between Israel and the future Palestinian state. It also calls for turning Jerusalem into the capital of both Israel and the Palestinian state.

Source: Abbas: France trying to restart Mideast peace talks – Arab-Israeli Conflict – Jerusalem Post

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