Palestinians urge Washington to practically endorse statehood

20:02, January 06, 2010      

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A Palestinian negotiator on Wednesday called on the United States "to take a real step forward" by starting working on the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Rather than proposing guarantees to resume Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Washington should "endorse a Palestinian statehood living alongside Israel on the 1967 borders in deeds, not in words," said Saeb Erekat, the chief negotiator.

"This doesn't harm the negotiations and this is the goal of the peace process that U.S. President Barack Obama had talked about," Erekat told Voice of Palestine radio.

According to Erekat, Washington was talking about offering a letter of guarantees to Israel and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to restart their talks, stalled since Israel started Gaza war a year ago.

"Letters of guarantees are unneeded," Erekat said, stressing that such letters will not oblige Israel to halt Jewish settlement in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Source: Xinhua
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