Erekat: US House's peace talks measure defies Obama policy

December 18, 2010 00:46

Chief Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat on Friday expressed sharp dissatisfaction over a resolution passed by the US House of Representatives on Wednesday opposing any unilateral steps to create a sovereign, independent Palestinian state, according to an AFP report.

"Through the passage of this resolution, the US Congress is contradicting the policy of the American government to create a Palestinian state by hindering the ability of the Palestinians to navigate around the Israeli government's obstructionist policies," Erekat was quoted by AFP as saying.He continued, stating defiantly that "Recognizing the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders is a sovereign, unilateral decision of individual states. While the United States can choose to withhold recognition of our state, it cannot obstruct other countries from exercising this sovereign right."

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