Erekat: US to veto Palestinian statehood bid in UNSC

Palestinian negotiator explains that US officials say negotiations are the only option, sets conditions for peace talks.

June 9, 2011 11:21
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Saeb Erekat

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Chief Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat said that the US will veto the request to recognize Palestinian statehood in the UN Security Council in September, Al-Ayyam reported on Thursday.

Erekat told the Palestinian newspaper that during his recent trip to the US, officials said negotiations are the only option.

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Erekat visited Washington this week, where he met with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Obama adviser Dennis Ross and members of the US National Security Council. He plans to meet with members of Congress on Thursday.

Erekat said that Palestinians will only agree to peace talks if Israel agrees to a two-state solution based on pre-1967 lines with land swaps and stops all construction in settlements, as well as east Jerusalem.

If Israel does not agree to these terms, the PA will ask the UN to recognize Palestine as a member country, Erekat explained.

The Palestinian negotiator added that all members of the new Palestinian government, to rise from the Fatah-Hamas unity deal, will be committed to PA President Mahmoud Abbas's previous agreements.

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