Brown, Fayyad call to stop Israeli settlement activity

December 15th, 2008 - 5:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Gordon BrownLondon, Dec 15 (DPA) British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his Palestinian counterpart, Salam Fayyad, agreed Monday that Israeli settlement activity remains the chief barrier preventing progress towards a two-state solution in the Middle East.Speaking after breakfast talks in London, Fayyad said there was still a chance to preserve the principles agreed in 2002, provided that both Israel and the Palestinians showed “full compliance” with the accords.

“The moment has not gone,” said Fayyad. He added: “We have to move from an exercise in accounting to an exercise in accountability.”

Brown, whose government is hosting a two-day Palestinian Trade and Investment Forum in London, is scheduled to have talks Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

The government says the two visits are not linked.

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