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Abbas reportedly proposes canceling Oslo accords

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly has proposed canceling the Oslo accords with Israel.

Abbas made the proposal at the beginning of the week at a meeting of Palestinian leadership, the French news agency AFP reported, citing a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

A decision on the issue was postponed until after Abbas returns from the United Nations General Assembly at the end of the month, AFP reported. It is the first time the issue of abrogating the treaty has come up since it was signed in 1993, according to the news service.

While at the General Assembly, Abbas reportedly will push to have Palestine recognized by the group as a nonmember state.

The Oslo accords established the Palestinian Authority as the interim government of the Palestinians and was scheduled to last for five years, when final-status negotiations were scheduled to be completed.

Final-status agreement issues include Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees, West Bank settlements, security and borders. — jta


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