Israel responsible for failure of direct peace talks: Palestinian negotiator

08:58, October 12, 2010      

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French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos and Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erakat (From Left to Right) hold a talk in Ammman, Jordan, Oct. 11, 2010. (Xinhua/Mohammad Abu Ghosh)

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Monday Israel is responsible for the failure of the direct peace talks and for obstructing the peace process.

At a joint press conference in Amman with visiting Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, Erekat said the Palestinians are exerting efforts with all international parties to place pressure on Israel to freeze settlements for the sake of the negotiations.

Erekat added that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not resign, and there are no intentions to dissolve the Palestinian National Authority.

He said the Arabs and the Palestinians will continue to exert efforts to realize progress in the peace process, adding that Israel is responsible for impeding the peace process.

The Spanish foreign minister highlighted that the Arabs are eager to push the peace process forward, stressing his country's support for halting Israeli settlement activities and that Spain is concerned with serious negotiations.

The French minister, for his part, stressed that France's objective is to play a role with the Palestinians and the Israelis in making a progress, saying "this is not easy."

He said the EU is ready to host the Palestinians and the Israelis in Paris or Barcelona to resume negotiations.

The two ministers held talks with President Abbas in Amman on Monday which focused on the results of the Arab summit in Sirte and the Palestinian option in case the direct talks fail, according to Erekat.

Erekat added that the Palestinian options include asking the United States to recognize a Palestinian state and resorting to the UN Security Council for obtaining this recognition, among other options
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