Palestinian leader wants time cap for any talks with Israel

The Palestinian president says if any Palestinian-Israeli negotiations are relaunched by a conference due in Paris next month, they should have a time cap and a mechanism to implement their resolutions.

Mahmoud Abbas told a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo on Saturday that the Paris gathering should also set up a committee to monitor the implementation of whatever is agreed upon.

The conference, aimed at reviving long stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations, is scheduled to start June 3. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to attend the meeting.

While the Palestinians have welcomed the conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the idea of an international conference, saying direct negotiations without preconditions are the best way to reach a final settlement with the Palestinians.