'Abbas expects Mitchell to respond to recognition demand'

December 14, 2010 14:33

A Palestinian Authority official on Tuesday said that Chief Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat delivered a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week asking for "US guarantees and answers before returning to any negotiations, direct or indirect," AFP reported.

The statement, made hours prior to a meeting in Ramallah between US Mideast Envoy George Mitchell and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, demanded "a complete halt to settlement in the West Bank and east Jerusalem," according to the report.

Additionally, it reportedly called on the US to either recognize a Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders or to not prevent the Palestinians from seeking such recognition from the UN Security Council.

The Palestinian source said that Abbas expected to receive an answer to the letter from Mitchell during their meeting Tuesday.

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