Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Cairo negotiations resume as truce extended but failure could mean new fighting


CAIRO (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian and Israeli delegations resumed indirect negotiations in Cairo on Tuesday, the head of the Palestinian delegation said.

"We have to use every minute of the next 24 hours to reach an agreement or else the cycle of violence will continue," Azzam al-Ahmad told reporters.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed to extend a five-day ceasefire for another day just hours before it was set to expire at midnight Monday.

Palestinian sources in Cairo had told Ma'an earlier Monday that a long-term ceasefire agreement was being finalized after 15 days of Egypt-sponsored negotiations.

But al-Ahmad and other members of the Palestinian delegation denied the claims, warning that if Israel refused to make concessions, negotiations could collapse, leading to a resumption of hostilities in Gaza. more

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