Palestinian leaders undecided on Kerry proposal

John Kerry, Mahmoud Abbas

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A high-level meeting of senior Palestinian leaders has ended without a decision on Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest peace proposal.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas convened the gathering after a lengthy meeting with Kerry this week.

Kerry hasn’t publicized details of his plan, but the Arab League’s decision yesterday to endorse his proposal raised speculation that the Palestinians would agree. Abbas traditionally has sought the blessing of his Arab brethren before making any major diplomatic initiative.

After the meeting, participants gave mixed accounts and said many potential obstacles lay ahead.

Kerry had originally been scheduled to leave the region today but delayed his departure by a day to continue his efforts.

Kerry has been shuttling for months in search of a formula to allow resumption of talks after a nearly five-year break. Talks have been stalled since late 2008, with the status of Israeli settlements at the heart of the deadlock.

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