Israel rejected a proposal by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to extend the direct peace talks scheduled to end in April for releasing 400 Palestinian prisoners, a senior Palestinian official said today.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Xinhua that Abbas told the United States that if Israel frees 400 prisoners, including women and children, he will accept the extension of the peace talks.
The U.S.-brokered talks ran into a deadlock this week after Israel refused to free the last group of 26 prisoners, out of the 104 prisoners arrested before the two sides signed Oslo peace accords in 1993. Israel has already released 78 prisoners in three groups of 26 prisoners.
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