1 - 7 June 2000
Issue No. 484
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THE NEXT round of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks is mired in uncertainty. The talks held in Stockholm were suspended 10 days ago by the Israelis following a week of deadly violence in the Palestinian territories triggered by a hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
On Tuesday, the Israelis said the talks would resume at an undisclosed location, but according to an AFP report the Palestinians are refusing to reopen negotiations until the prisoners are released in accordance with UN resolutions.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's top aide, Nabil Abu Rudeina, said Arafat plans to chair a meeting of Palestinian negotiators to decide the issue. He suggested the Palestinian Authority would declare an independent state in advance of the 13 September deadline set for a final settlement.