The Palestinian Authority is ready to engage in talks under international auspices with Israel, subject to the latter dropping its unilateral annexation plans in the West Bank, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said during phone talks with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Thursday.
“Palestine is ready to engage in serious negotiations with the Israeli government the moment it refrains from its unilateral annexation plan, to be sponsored by the Quartet and any other countries of the world”, Abbas said, as quoted by the PA news outlet WAFA.
The decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict got a new turn of diplomatic escalation this month, as Israel was expected to act on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s post-election promise to annex territories in the West Bank Israeli settlements.
The United Nations has been insisting on a two-state solution, where Israel and the Palestinians will split the disputed area peacefully and within mutually acceptable borders.
In 2002, the International Quartet was established to facilitate the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on the two-state solution, encircling Russia, the European Union, the United Nations, and the United States.