Abbas: Peace agreement could be signed in 2 months

PA president says deal could be reached if Netanyahu is well-intentioned, says solutions needed, not negotiation.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 2, 2011 11:40
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Abbas 521. (photo credit: Associated Press)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview on Palestinian television that a peace agreement with Israel could be signed within two months if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has good intentions, reported Israel Radio.

Abbas said that what is needed is not negotiations, but decisions. He added that east Jerusalem is occupied land where Palestinians want to establish their capital and this issue was not up for discussion.

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The PA president also said that the Palestinians do not plan to unilaterally declare statehood.

Meanwhile, chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said that a draft resolution condemning Israel's settlement construction beyond the Green Line will be submitted to the UN Security Council in the coming days, reported Israel Radio on Saturday.

He said the Palestinian delegation to the UN approved a draft of the proposal to the UNSC, but officials in Ramallah estimate that the US will veto the proposal if it makes it to the Security Council.

Erekat also said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is interested in "shaking off" earlier agreements by asking to start negotiations from point zero, or by offering temporary solutions.

The PLO negotiator called on Netanyahu to commit to, and clearly declare, efforts to bring an end to the occupation.


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