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Erekat demands UN intervention

Nov. 27, 2010 7:19 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 29, 2010 11:39 A.M.)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat met with UN and European officials in Jericho on Saturday and asked them to intervene to stop Israel imposing "facts on the ground" in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Erekat held separate meetings with UN special envoy for the peace process Robert Serry, EU representative to Palestine Christian Berger, British consul general Vincent Fenn and European Parliament member Martin Schulz.

The chief negotiator urged all the officials to intervene urgently to stop Israel implementing policies which he said would end the peace process.

Erekat referred particularly to a rail line which the Israeli government is considering building to link the illegal settlement Ariel with Tel Aviv. He also referred to a bill drafted by a knesset member to declare Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish people.

These projects aimed to enforce the occupation and impose facts on the ground which would signal the end of the peace process, he said.

Peace talks ground to a halt in late September when Israel refused to extend restrictions on settlement expansion.

The US has reportedly offered Israel military and political incentives in exchange for a one-off 90-day ban on settlement construction in an attempt to revive negotiations. But settlements in East Jerusalem would be exempt from the freeze.

Erekat reiterated the PLO's position that peace talks would only resume when Israel stopped all settlement activity on occupied land, including in Jerusalem. Further, he said President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the notion of a state with temporary borders.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that the proposed temporary, partial freeze was not aimed at talks to define the borders of a Palestinian state.

"There is no agreement that we will reach an agreement on borders within 90 days. There is no such demand and no such commitment," Netanyahu's office quoted him as telling members of his hardline Likud party.
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