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Erekat: Time for countries to recognize Palestine

May 30, 2010 4:27 P.M. (Updated: May 31, 2010 4:09 P.M.)
Hebron – Ma'an – Countries that have not recognized Palestine and failed to upgrade PLO missions to embassies should do so "instantly, without hesitation," chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said Sunday during a number of meetings.

"Recognizing Palestine on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital falls in line with international law. Taking such a step is a duty that world countries should implement, for it is a decision of international legitimacy," the PLO official said.

Erekat's comments were made during a number of meetings, including with members of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron, and representatives from Chile, South Africa, Brazil, Japan, India, South Korea, Turkey and Argentina.

Discussions were held separately on political updates, where Erekat said Israel continues to escape from its commitments to implement the first stages of the Road Map agreement by continued settlement expansion, expelling residents, home demolitions, the siege on Gaza and West Bank closures.

"These come in addition to assassinations, detentions, invasions, and the failure to release prisoners, halting settlements, and reopening closed Palestinian institutions in East Jerusalem," which he said pointed to Israel's attempts to create facts on the ground, particularly in Jerusalem.

"Israel continues to evade implementing requirements of peace, including bringing an end to the occupation, and establishing an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital."

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