'Palestinian state declaration means the end of talks'

Lieberman tells Ashton that Oslo Accords will be voided if PA declares state; "Israel is prepared to renew negotiations," FM says.

June 17, 2011 10:51
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman 311 (do not publish again). (photo credit: Flash 90)

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a meeting with his EU counterpart Catherine Ashton on Friday that if the Palestinians unilaterally declare statehood, it will bring an end to the Oslo Accords.

"A move like that will be a violation of all the agreements that were signed until today," Lieberman said. "Israel will no longer be committed to the agreements signed with the Palestinians in the past 18 years."

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He added: "In light of [PA President Mahmoud] Abbas's current stance, the chances for negotiations are zero."

"Abbas is not interested in an agreement," the foreign minister explained. "He wants conflict, because that is his personal interest, even though it is against the Palestinians' interest, and many oppose him."

"Israel is prepared to renew negotiations. The ball is in the Palestinians' court," Lieberman said.

Ashton arrived in Israel on Friday after visiting Jordan. She is expected to meet with opposition head Tzipi Livni and Palestinian officials. Ashton plans to visit Egypt on Saturday, and return to Israel on Sunday to continue efforts to convince the PA to negotiate with Israel.

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