Border of Israel can be resolved only by direct negotiations: U.S. official

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Request by the Palestinian side for a map of the state of Israel is something that "only a direct negotiation can resolve," U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said on Wednesday.

"What they're asking for is the essence of the negotiations: what are the borders of a future Palestinian state, and conversely, what will be the borders of the Israeli state," Crowley told reporters at the State Department. "This is a core issue, and this is something that only a direct negotiation can resolve."

Crowley on Tuesday challenged the Palestinians to come up with their own proposals in response to an Israeli demand that Israel be recognized as a Jewish state in return for renewed ban on settlement building in the West Bank.

Israeli media reports on Wednesday quoted Yasser Abed Rabbo, an official from the Palestine Liberation Organization, as saying that he was officially authorized to apply to the U.S. and Israel and request a map for Israel. However, Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath denied the reports, saying that "it is not true that we made the request."

Direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine, which were restarted in Washington in early September, have been stalled over Jewish settlement building in the West Bank.

Source: Xinhua


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