Erekat: If PM accepts 1967 lines, negotiations will restart

June 8, 2011 12:58

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that the Palestinians were ready to restart peace negotiations if based around the principles US President Barack Obama laid out in his State Department dress on the Middle East, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

According to the report, Erekat, who met Monday with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other senior White House officials, said that if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu accepted Obama's platform of a return to pre-1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, then he would have a partner.

"[If Netanyahu] wants to be a partner, he has to say it: Two states on the 1967
 lines with mutually agreed swaps," the Washington Post quoted Erekat as saying, adding that without such a declaration, talks would not move forward.

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