Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a meeting with Palestinian leadership in the West Bank City of Ramallah April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected appeals from US Secretary of State John Kerry to halt applications to join international treaties to salvage peace talks with Israel, a Palestinian official said Friday.Tuesday's applications to adhere to 15 treaties in pursuit of international recognition for the Palestinians' promised state infuriated Israel and brought US-sponsored peace talks to the brink of collapse. It was Israel's failure to deliver on the release -- the last of four planned when peace talks resumed last July -- that prompted Tuesday's treaty move by the Palestinians.
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