Peace agreement possible in two months: Abbas
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 02, 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.


First Published: Sunday, January 02, 2011, 19:03

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