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Erekat: Palestinians have not seen 'EU peace plan'
Published Monday 14/01/2013 (updated) 17/01/2013 19:39
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Peace talks broke down in broke down in 2010 after Israel refused to
renew a partial settlement freeze in the West Bank. (Reuters/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian negotiating team has not been updated on any plan by the European Union to complete peace talks with Israel during 2013, PLO official Saeb Erekat said Sunday.

Earlier, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported that the EU is working on an initiative which sets out the principles of a future peace accord, and a timetable for agreeing the key issues.

It will be presented in March and Israeli officials warned the newspaper it would put Israel in an "awkward position," as Palestinians were likely to sign-up while Israel would be less eager.

Erekat, a former chief negotiator, said they had not seen a plan. He reiterated the Palestinian position that settlement-building must be frozen and Palestinians prisoners released before talks with Israel.

Peace talks broke down in broke down in 2010 after Israel refused to renew a partial settlement freeze in the West Bank.
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1 ) Tobias / USA
14/01/2013 18:03
There is NO REASON FOR Palestinians to see ANOTHER PEACE PLAN, SINCE:
1- Palestine will NOT even talk to Israel, unless it is promised more than
Israel can realistically be expected to accept, so
THE PLAN WILL NOT EVEN START, OR
2- If Palestine is promised more than Israel will accept, then
THE PLAN WILL start, but RESULT IN ANOTHER "DEAD-END," since
3- Israel will never surrender it's security, for either EU condemnations,
PLO demands, "empty" promises, or even ICC rulings !!!

2 ) ian / australia
14/01/2013 22:44
"Erekat...reiterated the Palestinian position that settlement-building must be frozen and...prisoners released before talks with Israel." Dr. Saeb should get more cynical. Talks won't RESULT in anything so it's not worth creating conditions for holding them. He should talk anyway, put Israel in an "awkward position", and broadcast, in full detail, the pointlessness of it and every devious bit of Israeli obstructionism. He should USE the failure of talks, not just refuse to attend them.

3 ) Birds eye / view
16/01/2013 14:03
Judging from the generaly pissed off attitude Israelis displayed during the last skirmish with Hamas, and the way Israeli politics is moving toward the right. I would say it is highly unlikely there will be anymore freezes or releases in the near future. In fact, a few years from now I can well imagine we will be hearing Abbas ruing the mistakes of past intransigence again!

4 ) Outlier / USA
16/01/2013 19:08
First, he is a FORMER chief negotiator and thus not involved. Second, it is a comment for the street and signifies nothing.

5 ) PA (fr) / Pa
16/01/2013 21:11
Erekat's "talk" is like hot air in a paper bag. Words used to deceive and mislead cool and dissapate. The man uttering them looses his ability to communicate -- nobody believe a word he says, and his credibility as a communicator. So be it.

6 ) LegalEagle / USA
16/01/2013 21:28
Any peace plan is a deception away from law/legal borders/judicial ruling & enforcement. Either there is or is not a P-STATE, either there is or is not UN/International law. If law does not prevail, then Arabs & Jews grab a gun! See who can exterminate who first, because that is only way this problem will be solved outside of intenational law. Zs, who reject JesusChrist, are already doing it in West Bank, backed by USA 'SO-CALLED' Christians, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!!! I shed many tears my friends!
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