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Monday, December 23, 2013
Erekat: no direct talks with Israel now meeting through U.S.

Erekat reveals to Al Quds Al Arabi that the bilateral negotiations with
Israel stalled and meetings going on now with the Americans
Al Quds Al Arabi (UK) December 22, 2013
http://www.alquds.co.uk/?p=116173
[Google translation]

Ramallah - Al Quds Al Arabi, Walid Awad: Dr. Saeb Erekat, the chief
Palestinian negotiator, told Al Quds Al Arabi on Sunday that bilateral
negotiations with Israel have been frozen for weeks, and it is currently
underway between the Palestinians and the Americans on the one hand and
between the Americans and the Israelis, on the other hand.

Erekat said in an interview with Al Quds Al Arabi on Sunday, "there have not
been direct negotiations for some time, meetings are now taking place
between the U.S. administration and us on the one hand and between Israel
and the U.S. administration on the other hand ."

Erekat said that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry did not bring any
written plans or ideas to the Palestinians on the issues of the final status
negotiations, noting that the Americans are still confined to unwritten
ideas, noting that this is within the framework of the negotiating style of
the U.S. that is based on trial balloons and brainstorm are not written
ideas in order to see trends and test the pulse.

Erekat , who resigned from the head of the negotiating team to Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas has recently been instructed to conduct peace talks
until the end of the period specified in the end of April and the
negotiations with the Israelis are stalled and the Americans are negotiating
with the parties currently without the submission by the Israeli negotiating
team, headed by Tzipi Livni, of written Israeli positions on any of the
final status issues.

Erekat stressed that he will not be accepting any new framework agreement
for negotiations, and that the Palestinian decision is to reach a peace
agreement by the end of next April, stressing that the Palestinians
absolutely rejected the possibility of extending the period of negotiations
under any circumstances.

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