PNA denies Abbas requested NATO forces in West Bank

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A Palestinian official on Saturday denied a report that President Mahmoud Abbas had asked the NATO to send troops to the West Bank to stand between the borders of the future Palestinian statehood and Israel.

Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator, said the report, published by American World Tribune newspaper, was "untrue at all."

Erekat explained that the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) would like to see multinational forces in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip "to provide protection for the Palestinian people under and through the United Nations."

The report said that President Abbas requested the NATO to deploy forces in the West Bank to overcome Israeli security restrictions that complicate efforts to create a Palestinian statehood.

Israel has always refused the Palestinian demands to position international troops to prevent violence in the occupied Palestinian territories, but said it accepts the multinational forces if their mission was to disarm Palestinian militant groups.

Source: Xinhua

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