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Erekat plays down threat to dismantle PA
Published Tuesday 22/04/2014 (updated) 23/04/2014 21:14
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PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat listens to US Secretary of State
John Kerry during a press conference in Ramallah, on January 4,
2014.(AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
RAMALLAH (AFP) -- The PLO on Tuesday played down a threat to dismantle the Palestinian Authority, which is Israel's interlocutor, if US-sponsored peace talks remain deadlocked.

"No Palestinian is speaking of an initiative to dismantle the Palestinian Authority," chief negotiator Saeb Erekat told AFP.

"But Israel's actions have annulled all the legal, political, security, economic and operational aspects of the prerogatives of the Palestinian Authority."

Palestinian negotiators had warned that they may hand responsibility for governing the occupied territories back to Israel if peace talks remain stalled, a senior Palestinian official said Sunday.

He said the Palestinians had told US peace envoy Martin Indyk that unless Israel releases Palestinian prisoners as agreed and freezes settlement building, they could dismantle the Authority, which was set up following the Oslo peace accords in the 1990s and was intended to pave the way towards the establishment of an independent state.

US State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki criticized the threat as "extreme" and warned that any such move would affect American aid to the Palestinians.

Indyk is to take part in a fresh attempt to salvage the peace talks at a meeting in Jerusalem later on Tuesday with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, according to a Palestinian source.

Israel has announced plans for thousands of illegal settler homes in the occupied West Bank and killed over 60 Palestinians since peace talks began in July.

Israeli officials have also refused to discuss withdrawing Israeli soldiers and settlers from the occupied Jordan Valley, which forms around a third of the West Bank.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report
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1 ) lol we did not think / otherwise
22/04/2014 18:56
for one moment

2 ) @ LOL #1 / JOL
22/04/2014 21:13
He is Both Jokes and Laughs Out Loud !!
Israel's Economics Minister Naftali Bennett responded to Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Seventh 'Suicide Threat' to Disband PA, by Joking that “he needs a better incentive to give in to Abbas’ demands”.

3 ) josh / uk
22/04/2014 21:16
Erekat (just keep sending the money) plays down threat to dismantle PA.

4 ) Mel / USA
22/04/2014 21:32
"No Palestinian"?Erekat,you've been a Zionist lacky for too long,LOL!You even sound like them now!The PA was set up by Israel/USG to look as tho' both were"negotiating"with non-Jews & appear"Western"&"democratic"for Israel's image'&make USG look unbiased!LOL!"No Palestinian" is UNAWARE of PA's role as Israeli proxy for faux democracy!Why do you think Hamas won last elections?Because Pals are ANGRY with Fatah/PA's kowtowing to Zionist occupiers &allowing the THEFT of PALESTINE!

5 ) Hamza / Palestine
22/04/2014 23:58
Shame on you Saeb. Please resign (for real this time) and just go away. You are really a disgrace.

6 ) Foolish Conditions / TRUTH
23/04/2014 03:40
If "borders must be defined within a month or two," then * SETTLEMENT CONSTRUCTION in such s short period could * MAKE NO DIFFERENCE. However, since there is no possibility of an agreement on borders, * ABBAS IS JUST STALLING, AND * ISRAEL IS DONE WITH HIS GAMES, so Abbas can dismantle the PA or not, but the only game in town is on Israel's terms, and the PA will not become a real state any other way !!

7 ) @ Josh-3 / USA
23/04/2014 03:45
I think the days of generous donations for the PA, from either the US, UK, EU, etc. are a thing of the past, and the same goes for tax distributions from Israel, so * THE PA WILL have to PERFORM OR STARVE !!

8 ) Outlier / USA
23/04/2014 19:51
Dismantle the PA and the money stops flowing. No more money for all those fine suits and fine houses that PA officials own. I think the PA should make good on this threat - peace might come very fast as a result.
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