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Veto will destroy peace process: Palestinian negotiator

Arab-Israel Relations Materials 9 September 2011 18:07
Veto will destroy peace process: Palestinian negotiator
Veto will destroy peace process: Palestinian negotiator

Veto on the Palestinian membership at UN means rejecting the principle of two states within the 1967 borders, and thus destroy the peace process, a member of the Central Committee of Fatah and Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat said.

In his meeting with high ranking foreign diplomats, including Tony Blair, a Middle East quartet envoy, and Robert Serry, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Erekat noted that President Mahmud Abbas is doing his best to preserve peace process and principle of 'two states'.

He urged the international community to support full membership of Palestinian state at UN within the borders of 1967 with a capital city of Jerusalem.

The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) seeks to establish an independent state within the 1967 borders. It hopes that during the international negotiations, Israel will withdraw its troops from the Palestinian territories - the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem occupied during the war in 1967. In this territory the PNA wants to establish a Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem. However, Israel refuses from returning to the border lines of 1967 and does not want to raise the issue of Jerusalem, announced as its "eternal and indivisible capital".

The dialogue about the parameters of a final settlement between Israel and the Palestinians was interrupted in September 2010 because of differences in the approaches of the sides to the issue of construction of settlements.

U.S. President Barack Obama stated in May that the basis for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be Israel's return to 1967 borders. Participants of the Middle East Quartet (Russia, EU, UN, USA) supported the initiative. The Israeli prime minister refused to accept this proposal, since returning to the old borders, he said, would make Israel defenceless.

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