Palestinian official denies Abbas' secret letter to Obama

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A Palestinian official on Tuesday denied reports that President Mahmoud Abbas had sent a secret document to the U.S. administration stating the Palestinian view of a final solution with Israel.

"The Palestinian side did not offer any secret papers different than our known and declared position," said Yasser Abed Rabbo, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

Abed Rabbo said to jump to direct negotiations with Israel, as the United States has demanded, requires Israel to recognize the territories it has occupied in 1967 were occupied Palestinian territories.

"Entering direct negotiations must be accompanied with a full freeze of all settlement activities and Israeli crimes that take place on daily basis," he told Voice of Palestine radio.

On Monday, Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported that Abbas, when visiting Washington last month, handed a secret letter to President Barack Obama, which detailed the Palestinian criteria to any future settlement with Israel.

In the alleged letter, Abbas said the Palestinian statehood must be declared on all the occupied lands and that the Palestinians can accept swapping land with Israel, but the land exchange should not be more than 1.6 percent.

According to the report, the future Palestinian state would have the sovereignty and can receive refugees from Diaspora, and Abbas accepted suggestions made by former U.S. Clinton administration that Israel can retain Jewish holy places in East Jerusalem, the city the Palestinians want as a future capital.

Source: Xinhua


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