Top Palestinian negotiator heads to U.S. for new Mideast peace ideas

08:39, December 10, 2010      

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Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat headed to Washington Thursday to discuss "U.S. ideas" over efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, a Palestinian official said.

Nabil Abu Rdineh, spokesman for the Palestinian leadership, said that Erekat will not hold negotiations with the Americans and his visit comes only to hear the U.S. ideas.

George Mitchell, the U.S. envoy to the Middle East peace process, will visit the region "to hold more discussions" with the parties, as the Palestinians prepare their stance after Washington failed to convince Israel to halt settlement building in the West Bank. Stopping the construction was a Palestinian condition to resume U.S.-brokered peace talks with Israel.

Abu Rdineh said that the Palestinians will hear the final U.S. position and consult about it with the Arab League. He stressed that a joint Palestinian and Arab position "must be taken to face the Israeli obstinacy."

The Palestinians seek to have a state through negotiations. Abu Rdineh said that Erekat will ask the U.S. officials to declare their view about the borders of the future Palestinian state.

Source: Xinhua

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