PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs: All prisoners must be released before negotiations can resume
Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida - Feb. 12, 2013

 
Headline: “While visiting released prisoner Bassam Al-Sa’adi, Karake: The President [Abbas] has stressed that any renewal of negotiations will begin with releasing the prisoners.”
     “Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that President Mahmoud Abbas sees releasing the prisoners as a basis for resuming negotiations or meetings with the Israeli side, and that releasing the prisoners is one of the central demands of the Palestinian leadership, as a precursor to resuming negotiations based on the international recognition and a halt to settlements.”