Palestinian official says not yet to dissolve PNA, welcomes Brazil's recognition of state

10:16, December 06, 2010      

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by Saud Abu Ramadan

A senior Palestinian official announced on Sunday that dissolving the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) is an option, but will not be taken for the time being, while the Islamic Jihad (Holy War) movement slammed Hamas for accepting a referendum in case of a peace deal with Israel.

Nabil Shaath, member of the Palestinian negotiation team said in a press statement emailed to reporters that dissolving the PNA might be carried out only when the Middle East peace process with Israel collapses, "but it is not planned for now."

"President Mahmoud Abbas had stated that all options are open and possible in response to the standstill in the peace process and he doesn't speak about dissolving the PNA right now," said Shaath, one day after Abbas threatened to dissolve the PNA if the peace process fails.

Abbas said on Saturday in an interview with the state-run Palestinian satellite Television that his dignity won't allow him "to keep being the chairman of an authority that doesn't exist, because practically we do not exist. If they want to keep the occupation, then Israel will be fully responsible."

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