October 27, 2010 - 12:00am

Senior Egyptian officials will visit the West Bank on Thursday to discuss stalled peace negotiations, a Palestinian official said Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman would be leading the Egyptian delegation, said Yasser Abed Rabbo, a Palestinian negotiator.

The Egyptian officials will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as the peace talks reached "total impasse," Abed Rabbo told Voice of Palestine Radio.

He blamed "the policies" of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on causing the U.S.-brokered negotiations to stop, a few weeks after they started last month.

The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) is studying more options to respond to Israel's decision to resume settlement construction in the West Bank, Abed Rabbo said.

Early this month, the Arab League gave Israel one month to reactivate its partial moratorium on Jewish settlement expansions.

The PNA plans to seek recognition of a Palestinian statehood from the Security Council in response to what it calls Israeli unilateral measures.


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