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Abbas Says Delays By Israel Undermining Peace Process


Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says delays by Israel in carrying out promises made in a recent ceasefire deal are undermining the peace process.

In comments to the Palestinian parliament Tuesday, Mr. Abbas said Israel has been slow to act on the release of prisoners and its promise to withdraw from parts of the West Bank.

He made his remarks ahead of a meeting later today with Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz. They are expected to discuss the handover to the Palestinian Authority of the West Bank town of Tulkarem.

Their talks will be the highest-level discussions between the two sides since last month's historic summit in Egypt, where Israel and the Palestinians signed a truce aimed at renewing the peace process.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.