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Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat said that the PA has given the Quartet
its four official demands for restarting peace negotiations, which
could preempt its bid to seek a declaration of statehood in the United
Nations this September.The other demands were
that pre-1967 lines with mutually agreed land swaps be the basis for
negotiations, European Union support for Palestinian reconciliation
efforts, EU support for a declaration of Palestinian statehood in the
UN, and an EU acknowledgment that a declaration of statehood does not
contradict peace talks, according to the report.
Among the demands is a complete halt to
West Bank settlement activity, something that Israel has refused to do
since a ten-month settlement freeze that expired late last year,
Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported on Saturday.
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In early June, Erekat said that the Palestinians were ready to restart
peace negotiations if based around the principles US President Barack
Obama laid out in his State Department address on the Middle East, the
Washington Post reported.
According to the report, Erekat, who met at the beginning of the month
with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other senior White
House officials, said that if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu accepted
Obama's platform of a return to pre-1967 lines with mutually agreed
swaps, then he would have a partner for negotiations.
He also said that according to what the prime minister said at the US
Congress during his Washington visit, "he's not a partner for peace."
Netanyahu had rejected Obama's 1967-lines formulation, saying that any
borders based on the pre-Six Day War lines would be "indefensible."