Washington tries to shift responsibility for peace process on Palestinians: assistant to president of Palestinian National Authority Nabil Shaath
Azerbaijan, Baku, November 2 / Trend U. Sadikhova /
The weakness of the U.S. administration to persuade Israel to observe major requirements of the road map leads to the fact that Washington is trying to shift responsibility for resumption of peace talks on the Palestinians, assistant to the president of the Palestinian National Authority Nabil Shaath said.
Obama's administration is weak to persuade Netanyahu to observe requirements of the road map and the need to stop its settlement policy," a member of the central committee of the ruling party of Fatah administration, Shaath, told Trend over phone.
During a press-conference in Moscow on Monday, British Foreign Minister David Miliband stated about the need for joint efforts of Arab countries to resume Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.
Earlier on Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her official visit to Israel has agreed to start a new round of peace talks without ceasing construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Despite the fact that a few months ago, the White House called the settlements as illegal, and called on their immediate freezing, during the meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu Clinton called on both Palestinians and Israelis to participate in the talks given that Israel will complete construction of 3,000 houses in the West Bank.
However, the Arab League and the Palestinian National Authority has refused from Washington's requirements. Spokesman of the president of the Palestinian National Authority Nabil Abu Rudaineh said that Washington had violated promises made to the Palestinians not to agree to resume negotiations until Israel stops its settlement activity.
Shaath said that the administration of Barack Obama was weak to compel Israel to adhere to the requirements of the Road Map and reach an agreement to resume negotiations.
The weakness of Obama's administration leads to the fact that the U.S.A. shifts responsibility for resumption of peace talks on the Palestinians, while Israel alone is responsible for it," Shaath said.
Before arriving in Israel, Clinton met in Abu Dhabi with the head of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas. He repeated the position of the Palestinians that a complete cessation of settlement activity is necessary to achieve peace.
But Miliband, whose country was the main opponent of the expansion of settlements in the Palestinian territories, said that the completion of this long saga will be after the unification of efforts of all Arab countries.
"We want all Arab countries to work in this direction," Miliband said.
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