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Prospects for a lasting peace with Israel are the bleakest ever: Abbas to UN
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the U.N. General Assembly on September 26, 2013 in New York City. (John Moore/Getty Images/AFP)
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Gaza, ALRAY - Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said the prospects of a peace deal between the PA and Israel have never been such bleak as they are now.

Abbas made the remarks Thursday in a speech to the 68th United Nations General Assembly.

“Time is running out, and the window of peace is narrowing and the opportunities are diminishing,” he said.

Abbas demanded that any peace deal with Israel be permanent, saying the latest round of US-brokered talks “appears to be a last chance to realize a just peace.”

He also renewed his call to the international community to pressure Israel to stop its illegal settlement activities on the Palestinian land.

The fresh round of negotiations began in July to end the decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on the so-called two-state solution after a three-year hiatus.


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