- Title: WEST BANK: Palestinians protest against U.S secretary of State Kerry's visit
- Date: 3rd January 2014
- Summary: RAMALLAH, WEST BANK (JANUARY 3, 2014) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PALESTINIANS PROTESTING , CHANTING AGAINST U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY VISIT TO RAMALLAH VARIOUS OF PALESTINIAN FLAGS AND RED FLAGS OF THE DEMOCRATIC FRONT FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) QAIS ABU LAILA, LEADER FROM THE DEMOCRATIC FRONT FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE, SAYING: "There is no need for a framework deal because it is an attempt to delay more and to extend the negotiations to some unknown date, at the same time Israel is active on the ground and building more settlements everywhere." MORE OF PROTEST VARIOUS OF PALESTINIAN SPECIAL POLICE BLOCKING THE STREET VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS PROTEST IN FRONT POLICE
- Embargoed: 18th January 2014 12:00
- Location: West bank
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: International Relations,Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA2GYYJQO1SSB85G69IHJUTNNWQ
- Story Text: Palestinians protest against the visit of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to the West Bank where he is scheduled to meet with the Palestinians leadership.
Several hundred Palestinian protesters denounced on Friday (January 3) the latest efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to advance peace talks with Israel, underscoring the battle he faces to build momentum.
Hours before Kerry was due to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a raucous crowd took to the streets of Ramallah, the West Bank's de facto capital, chanting "Kerry, you coward, there's no place for you in Palestine!"
Qais Abu Laila, Leader from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine was critical of the talks saying they were a delaying tactic.
"There is no need for a framework deal because it is an attempt to delay more and to extend the negotiations to some unknown date, at the same time Israel is active on the ground and building more settlements everywhere," said Qais Abu Laila.
Separately, an official close to Abbas dismissed Kerry's drive for a "framework agreement" as biased toward Israel.
Kerry has said such an accord would narrow gaps between the sides and pave the way for a final deal when the nine-month period allotted the U.S.-backed talks expires on April 29.
Dozens of riot policemen and plainclothes security forces prevented their march from reaching Ramallah's presidential compound, where Abbas was expected to receive Kerry.
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