PLO Ends Talks with Israel

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- The fifth meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will be the last, the Palestinian Authority's official Ma'an news agency reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas says Israel's insistence on addressing "marginal" security issues and "administrative arrangements" have nothing to do with the peace process.

That issue played out at Saturday's meeting, when senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat refused to let Brig.-Gen. Assaf Orion, head of the IDF's strategic planning division, read a summary of the issues, Ha'aretz reported.

According to Abbas, the talks in Amman have yielded nothing new and will be the last opportunity to restart direct talks.

Hanna Amirah, a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization's executive committee, blamed Israel for the impasse, saying the Netanyahu government isn't looking to "achieve any progress in the peace process with the Palestinian Authority."

Jordan agreed to host the meetings, which it co-sponsored with the European Union.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton arrived in Israel on Tuesday to try to convince the parties to restart direct talks before the January 26 deadline set by the Quartet -- the U.S., E.U., U.N. and Russia.

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