Erekat: Israeli building prevents direct talks

The US' intention to upgrade current peace discussion between Palestinians and Israelis to direct talks has been failing due to Israel's actions, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said in an interview with a Palestinian radio station on Sunday.
"Israel refuses to give up the building in the settlements and to agree to renew the negotiations that were impeded by this stumbling block and, therefore, has failed in the intention to transform the proximity talks into direct contacts," Erekat said.
Erekat also dismissed Washington's reports of progress in the proximity talks between both sides.