Tuesday, October 30, 2007
"The chief Palestinian peace negotiator said Tuesday that there would be no talks with Israel unless a deadline is set for establishing a Palestinian state.
Palestinian officials have repeatedly said they want a detailed timeline for talks that are expected to begin in earnest after a U.S.-sponsored Mideast conference in November or December.
The comment by Ahmed Quriea, known as Abu Ala, was seen as the first indication that Palestinians could scuttle negotiations altogether if that demand is not met.
"The Israeli prime minister [Ehud Olmert] has stated that he will not accept a timetable, and we say we will not accept negotiations without a timetable," Quriea said at a news conference with the EU's external affairs commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner......"