Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday urged Catherine
Ashton, European Union representative for foreign affairs and security policy,
to activate EU regulations against settlements.
Last July, the EU issued
guidelines that clarified its policy against providing grants, prizes or loans
to Israeli entities, including nonprofit and educational institutions, located
over the pre-1967 lines.
The restrictions are scheduled to go into effect
on January 1.
But the PA leadership fears that, under pressure from the
US administration, the EU could postpone or scrap its measures against
Abbas, who is currently touring a number of EU countries to
urge their leaders to proceed with the restrictions, stressed during his meeting
with Ashton in Brussels the importance of activating the EU restrictions
regarding the settlements on time, official PA news agency Wafa
The agency said that Abbas praised the stance of the EU on
settlements which, he added, was “congruent with international law and
Thursday’s meeting between Abbas and Ashton was attended by
chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat and PA Foreign Minister Riad
Abbas also briefed Ashton on the peace talks with Israel and
the situation in the Palestinian territories.
Abbas’s meeting with Ashton
came one day after he called on firms in Europe and elsewhere to stop doing
business with settlements.
Abbas made the call following a meeting in
Brussels with Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council.
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