Riad Malki 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman )
Palestinian Authority is unhappy with the Quartet’s latest initiative to
launch peace talks with Israel because it is “incomplete,” PA Foreign
Minister Riad Malki said on Saturday.
He pointed out that the
initiative, which was launched over the weekend after PA President
Mahmoud Abbas submitted to UN General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon an official
request for full membership in the UN, does not call for a cessation of
settlement construction or for a pullout to the pre-1967 lines.
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“The only new thing that that the Quartet carries is a time line for discussing the issues of security and borders,” Malki said.
Quartet urged Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating
table based on a new time line of December 2012 by which a final status
agreement would end the conflict.
The Palestinians, meanwhile, have their eyes set towards Monday, when
the UN Security Council is scheduled to discuss Abbas’s application for
full membership of a Palestinian state.
Malki expressed hope that the Security Council would vote in favor of
the request. He added that the PA was continuing its efforts to persuade
additional countries to back the request.
Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said that the PA leadership would discuss the Quartet initiative in the coming days.
A number of Palestinian factions, including the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine and Hamas, also rejected the Quartet plan,
claiming it was designed to "foil" Palestinian aspirations for