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Palestinians deny modifying stances on borders, security

(Xinhua)

22:13, December 01, 2011

RAMALLAH, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- A senior Palestinian negotiator denied Thursday Israeli reports that Palestinians modified their vision concerning borders of future state and security issues.

Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Palestinian vision toward borders issue was in the context of what had been declared in 2008 -- two states defined by the 1967 lines with a slight, mutually- agreed land swap, referring to the borders that followed Israel's occupation of the West Bank in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

In order to revive stalled negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, the Quartet, comprising the United States, European Union, Russia and the United Nations, called on the two sides to submit their visions on borders and security.

Erekat said the Palestinians have submitted their declared vision on borders and security within a timeline established by the Quartet.

As for security, Erekat reiterated that the Palestinians accept a third party to deploy on their future state's eastern border with Jordan "in exchange for a full Israeli withdrawal and without keeping any single soldier."

Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported that the Palestinian presented a new proposal to the Quartet.

The report added that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to submit a proposal, saying that this can happen only in direct negotiations with the Palestinians.

The Quartet issued its call on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Sept. 23, in a bid to prevent a diplomatic clash between the Palestinians and the United States which opposed the Palestinian bid for a full U.N. membership.

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