Erekat wants Palestinian state to counter e. J'lem plan

The international community should counter Israel's plan for the construction of 1,300 new housing units in east Jerusalem by recognizing a Palestinian state, senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was quoted as saying Tuesday.
"Israeli unilateralism is a call for immediate international recognition of the Palestinian state," he said, according to a Reuters report.Erekat's comments came as both EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and US President Barack Obama expressed concern over the plan.
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