Solution Of Palestine File Key To Mideast Security: Abbas

By Qais Abu Samra

Ramallah - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that resolving the perennial Palestinian issue was key to the realization of regional peace and security.

"The Palestinian leadership is responding positively to US efforts to push the peace process forward and reach a peace deal that would produce a Palestinian state living alongside Israel in peace and security," Abbas told a joint press conference with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala in Ramallah.

Abbas said his earlier talks with Humala had touched on the ongoing peace process and Israel's illegal settlement drive and its efforts to alter "facts on the ground" in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem).

Humala, for his part, expressed his country's support for the establishment of a viable Palestinian state based on a just peace agreement.

Humala arrived earlier Tuesday in Ramallah where he laid a wreath on the grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

It is Humala's first visit to the Palestinian territories. He is due to visit the West Bank city of Bethlehem later on Tuesday.

Peru was one of the Latin American countries that voted in favor of upgrading Palestine's UN status from "non-member observer entity" to "non-member observer state."

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