Palestinian negotiator accuses Americans of bias in peace talk

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 8, 2000 - 00:00

A top Palestinian negotiator
accused the United States of bias toward Israel and said
American attempts to pressure the Palestinians were
restricting efforts to reach a final peace agreement by
September 13.

Ahmed Qureia, one of the top negotiators at a failed
summit at Camp David last month, on Monday warned that another
summit would only be a trap if the United States and Israel
do not recognise Palestinian rights to east Jerusalem.

“In order for another round of talks to be possible,
either Israel must agree to divide the disputed city or the
United States must issue a letter of guarantees specifying
its real positions and not those positions biased toward the
Israelis,” Qureia said.

At the US sponsored summit, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
Barak had offered the Palestinians some control in east
Jerusalem, including in the walled old city, but Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat demanded full sovereignty over the sector
Israel captured in 1967.

Qureia said that he doubted the sides could reach an agreement
before the date, which the sides had set as a deadline for
the completion of the final peace agreement.

Report: Zeenext Bureau

First Published: Tuesday, August 8, 2000 - 00:00

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