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Palestinian Leader: No State With Temporary Border

Mahmoud Abbas

March 5: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, reacts, as he walks with Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, not seen, after reviewing an honor guard, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP)

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The Palestinian president says he won't accept any Israeli peace initiative if it calls for temporary borders for a future Palestinian state.

Mahmoud Abbas says he hasn't been notified yet of the new plan that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to announce in the coming weeks.

The remarks highlight the chasm between Palestinian and Israeli officials over where to begin negotiations that are meant to lead to the creation of a Palestinian state.

Abbas spoke on Saturday at a press conference in Ramallah.

Netanyahu hasn't revealed details of the new initiative but Palestinians fear it will include provisional borders, which they say could allow Israel to annex remaining lands that they seek for their future state.