US assures Palestinians they can vote in e. J'lem

January 9, 2006 13:34 (photo credit: )


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The United States has informed the Palestinians they will be able to vote in Jerusalem during January 25 Palestinian parliament elections, despite initial Israeli opposition, a senior Palestinian official said. Palestinian Information Minister Nabil Shaath said US officials informed the Palestinian government that campaigning and voting in Jerusalem would go ahead. Shaath said he has not yet heard from Israeli officials. "I have already been informed by the American government (of) their assurances that the Israelis will implement the commitments ... to allow campaigning and elections for the legislative council to be held in Jerusalem as well as any other place, on the modalities that were used in 1996, " Shaath told Associated Press Television News. "We have not received anything yet from the Israelis to confirm that, but we will go on this assurance." However, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said a deal on voting procedures in Jerusalem has not yet been reached.

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