Peace agreement possible in two months: Abbas

Last Updated: Sunday, January 2, 2011 - 19:03

Jerusalem: Blaming the Israeli Prime
Minister for the collapse of the crucial peace talks,
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that a pact
between the two sides could be inked in two months if Benjamin
Netanyahu has "good intentions".

Palestinian Authority (PA) President said "what is
needed is not negotiations, but decisions."

"East Jerusalem is occupied land where Palestinians
want to establish their capital and this issue was not up for
discussion," Abbas was quoted by Israel Radio telling the
Palestinian TV network.

The Palestinian leader blamed Netanyahu for the
standoff as he underlined that a peace agreement between the
two sides could be inked in two months provided that the
Israeli premier has "good intentions".

He also brushed aside speculations that PA was
planning to unilaterally declare statehood.

Brazil was the first of several Latin American states,
including Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador, which has recognised
Palestinian statehood. Israel has opposed such moves and has
kick started a worldwide campaign to mount a
counter-offensive.

Direct talks between Israel and PA, which kicked off
on September 2 last year under US mediation, has come to a
halt on the issue of moratorium on building activities in the
West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Palestinians have demanded a complete halt on
construction activities while Netanyahu, heavily backed by
right-wing parties, is unable to take such a decision fearing
fragmentation of coalition.

The Israeli Premier had unilaterally declared a ten-
month freeze on settlement activities in the West Bank, which
expired on September 26, insisting not to renew it and
emphasising that such an option doesn`t arise for East
Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat
said a draft resolution condemning Israel`s settlement
construction beyond the `Green Line` will be submitted to the
UN Security Council in the coming days, Israel Radio reported.

Erekat said the Palestinian delegation to the UN
approved a draft of the proposal to be submitted to the UNSC,
but Palestinian officials fear that the US will veto the move
if it makes it to the Security Council.

He also accused Netanyahu of trying to "shake off"
earlier agreements by asking to start negotiations from point
zero, or by offering temporary solutions.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, January 2, 2011 - 19:03

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