Mahmoud Abbas presents new options to Arab summit
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has presented new options to the Arab extraordinary summit held in Libya in case Israel continues with the West Bank settlement construction, a senior Palestinian official said Sunday.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat made the remarks with the Voice of Palestine radio, and he added "there are also other options that I can't tell now."
Abbas has urged the Arab countries to press the United States to recognize a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem being its capital, Erekat said, noting the Arabs would approach the UN Security Council to get a recognition if the U.S. administration turn them down, Xinhua reported.
According to Saeb, Abbas suggested putting the Palestinian territories under international custody if other options should fail. Abbas' suggestions won great support from the Arabs.
The direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, which kicked off one months ago, hit a deadlock after Israel rejected a Palestinian demand to renew its moratorium of settlement freeze.
The Arab League follow-up peace committee endorsed a decision made by Abbas last week to suspend negotiations with Israel and gave the Unite States one month to convince the Jewish state to freeze its settlement activities.