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Sha'ath: 30 September will be decisive

Sept. 18, 2010 11:45 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 20, 2010 9:33 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Negotiations team member Nabil Sha'ath said Friday night that the last day of September would be the turning point for fledgling peace talks.

While officials have disputed the actual end of the settlement construction moratorium - some saying 26 September and others saying 30 September - Sha'ath pegged the end of the month as the final date for negotiators to determine whether or not they would walk away from the process.

"Direct talks will not continue if settlements are built, its not a difficult decision," he said explaining that the settlement project aimed at taking over Palestinian land and replacing residents with settlers.

Speaking at a lecture organized by the Latin Church of the Holy Family in Ramallah, Sha'ath said talks would continue as long as the settlement freeze did.

"A Palestinian state will come by negotiations or by armed resistance," the official said, adding that the current peace talk team was committed to the political process, and had already discussed some of the core issues of an eventual state with Israel.

"What is important is not talk, but actions on the ground," the official continued, adding that Palestinians would not recognize Israel as a Jewish state, and thereby undermine the rights of all of its non-Jewish residents.

The event, which focused on Christian Affairs and Peace Talks, was also attended by Father Manuel Musallam patron of the Church of the Holy Family and Doctor Faisal Hijazin.
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