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Palestinian negotiator: No peace with settlement activities
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11:35, December 14, 2008

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Chief Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qurei on Saturday said that peace can not prevail with Israel's continuing settlement activities in the West Bank.

"There is no peace with the settlement," Qurei told reporters in Ramallah. "The continuation of settlement activities and expanding the existing blocks threaten the entire peace process."

The Israeli settlements, built in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, prevented peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) from scoring any tangible progress since it was relaunched last year.

Qurei reiterated that "the settlers and their settlement blocks would have no room in any upcoming solution."

He also stressed that the PNA will not sign any political agreement with Israel that may "exclude Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Palestinian statehood."

The West Bank and East Jerusalem, in addition to the Gaza Strip, are sought to compose the future Palestinian statehood that the negotiations aim at creating.

Earlier, Qurei rejected an Israeli offer to annex 6.8 percent of the West Bank to Israel as part of a lasting settlement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Source: Xinhua

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