Livni, Abbas Reject Olmert's Declaration

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Foreign Minister and Kadima party chairwoman Tzipi Livni and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas both rejected outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's call to return to pre-1967 borders.

Livni dismissed Olmert's remarks, made at a memorial service for slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

"As the head of the Kadima party, I am obligated not to the outgoing words of Olmert, but to Kadima's platform, which I wrote and which I believe in," Livni told Army Radio.

On Monday, during a ceremony at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl Cemetery marking the 13th anniversary of Rabin's assassination, Olmert said Israel must cede all territory that came under its sovereignty during the Six Day War.

"We must relinquish Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem and return to that territory that comprised the State of Israel until 1967, with the necessary amendments stemming from the realities created on the ground," Olmert said.

Meanwhile, Abbas said Olmert's concessions were not far-reaching enough and the PA would not agree to a negotiated settlement that didn't include all of its demands.

"We rejected Israeli proposals that stipulated making concessions, including on Jerusalem and the refugees. We either get all six points - Jerusalem, settlements, borders, refugees, water and security - or nothing at all," Abbas said.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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