MOSCOW, April 5 (RIA Novosti) - Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas is arriving in Moscow on April 5 on a four-day
working visit to discuss the situation in the Middle East, a
Kremlin source said on Sunday.
"One of the priority tasks at the current stage is to
create conditions for the resumption of the negotiation
process, which will be facilitated by an international
conference on the Middle East intended to be held in Moscow
this year," the Kremlin source said.
The parties will also discuss the prospects of restoring
the Palestinian unity required for the success of the
negotiation process and the establishment of Palestine as a
viable independent and democratic state co-existing in peace
and security with Israel, the Kremlin source said.
The Palestinian leader is arriving in Moscow at the
invitation of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority,
launched by then-U.S. president George Bush in November 2007 at
a conference in Annapolis, Maryland, stalled over outbreaks of
violence in the Middle East, as well as long-standing disputes
over the construction of Jewish settlements and the future
status of Jerusalem.