Top Palestinian officials are doubtful of the veracity of leaked documents that show offers of major concessions to Israel. The documents, obtained by al-Jazeera, suggest the Palestinians offered Israel keeping major parts of illegally occupied East Jerusalem said to be rejected by Israel. Palestinians’ chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said the leaks were lies. The BBC said it was unable to verify the documents.
Al-Jazeera says it has 16,076 confidential records of meetings, e-mails, communications between Palestinian, Israeli and US leaders, covering the years 2000-2010. It was leaked that the Palestinians proposed to handover Islamic holy sites to an international committee and limiting returning refugees to 100,000 over ten years. Mr Erekat questioned the authenticity of the leaked documents speaking with al-Jazeera. He questioned why Israel did not sign the accord if the concessions for actually offered. PA president Mahmoud Abbas, who is to attend talks with Egypt President Mubarak on the peace process on January 24, also expressed same doubts
Hamas spokesperson said the leaks revealed the ugly face of the PA and its cooperation with the occupation. It said Fatah was involved in attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause on the issues of refugees and East Jerusalem. They show "the level of the Fatah Authority’s [sic] involvement in attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause, particularly on the issue of Jerusalem and refugees, and its involvement against the resistance in the West Bank and Gaza Strip", Sami Abu Zuhri said, quoted by AFP news agency. Israel occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem on both of the rivals have claims. Israel built settlements for 500,000 settlements that are still continuing.
BBC News | 10:54 GMT | Thursday, 25 February 2010
India and Pakistan have held their first formal talks since the devastating attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay) at the end of 2008. On the eve of the talks in Delhi, the two states exchanged terse allegations over the disputed territory of Kashmir. Indian border guards in Kashmir said they came under fire from Pakistan on Wednesday, a claim denied by Islamabad. The conflicting claims coincided with the arrival of the Pakistani foreign secretary in Delhi for the talks. Thursday’s meetings are the first between the two nuclear-armed neighbours since the Mumbai attacks 15 months ago. India says those attacks were carried out by Pakistan-based militants. Pakistan has admitted they were partly planned on its soil.
Decades of hostility
Wednesday’s shooting in the south of Indian-administered Kashmir is alleged to have taken place in the Samba area. “The firing from across the border started early morning. A BSF [Border Security Force] personnel was injured,” Vinod Sharma, a spokesman for the border guards, told Reuters news agency. But Nadeem Raza, a spokesman for Pakistan’s paramilitary Rangers, told Reuters: “Our troops were not involved in any firing. There may be some problem on their own side.” The Kashmir dispute has been at the centre of decades of hostility between India Continue reading
BBC NEWS | 2010/01/22 | 16:39:06 GMT
Nepal’s retired army chief, who refused to admit former Maoist rebels into the army, has said he is not responsible for the instability that followed. Gen Rookmangud Katawal told the BBC that despite major differences between the army and the Maoists, he believed the peace process was still on track. The former Maoist Prime Minister, Prachanda, unsuccessfully attempted to remove Gen Katawal over the issue. Prachanda later resigned leading to the collapse of the Maoist government.
“I don’t think I’m responsible for all that’s happened. I don’t want to come into any political controversy, as a man in uniform and even after I retire,” Gen Katawal said. The integration of Maoist fighters into Nepal’s army has become the main sticking point of the peace agreement, which is looking increasingly fragile. It was the general’s insistence that the army would not admit a large group of Maoist fighters – a key understanding of the 2006 peace accord – that sparked the row that led to the fall of the Maoist government in May last year. But Gen Katawal remained firm that the army would not accept a large number of former Maoists into its ranks. “I don’t think it would be a good idea and I don’t think it would do anything good to the institution or to the country to accept them in groups. Probably the national army may lose its national characteristic – neutral characteristic, apolitical nature of the army,” he said. Continue reading