Palestinians Say No Talks While Settlements Built

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A Palestinian labourer works at a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Yakir south of Nablus September 26, 2010. (Credit: Reuters/Nir Elias)

WEST BANK - There
will be no direct negotiations with Israel while it builds settlements
on occupied land where the Palestinians seek to establish a state, a
spokesman for the Palestinian president said on Saturday.

Nabil Abu Rdainah was speaking
after leaving a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's
executive committee in Ramallah.

U.S.
envoy George Mitchell on Friday concluded talks with Palestinian and
Israeli leaders without agreement on how to keep alive peace
negotiations that are on hold due to the dispute over Jewish settlement
building. The talks began a month ago.

"There will be no negotiations in the shadow of continued settlement," Abu Rdainah said.

Palestinians
say the growth of the settlements, on land Israel has occupied since
1967, will render impossible the establishment of a Palestinian state in
the West Bank and Gaza Strip -- the stated goal of the peace talks.

Some 500,000 Jews live on territory where the Palestinians aim to establish their state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

(Reporting by Ali Sawafta; Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by David Holmes)

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