Fatah Executive Committee member Mahmoud al-Aloul said Friday that King Abdullah of Jordan was "very disappointed" with the lack of progress in the Israeli-Palestinian talks in Amman.
Al-Aloul said that Israel's position, as expressed in the meetings with between the parties, "failed to address any of the important issues. The meetings in Amman didn’t result in any progress. There is no new development."
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The Fatah official noted that the talks' main objective was to "get through" January 26, which it the Quartet's deadline by which Israel and the Palestinian Authority must submit their positions on the issues of borders and security.
He noted that while the PA's demands are clear, Israel has been discussing only small-scale confidence-building measures, such as removing roadblocks and releasing prisoners.
Al-Aloul added that during a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah, the latter expresses sympathy for the Palestinian stand, and noted that the PA "cannot afford to stay in the same path indefinitely."
He doubted the further talks would take place in Amman, despite earlier reports that the Israelis and Palestinians will hold their third round of talks in the Jordanian capital on Saturday.
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