Tue, November 09, 2010
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PNA rejects Israeli call to resume talks

2010-11-09 09:58:42 GMT2010-11-09 17:58:42 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

RAMALLAH, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) on Tuesday rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's call to resume negotiations.

Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said the talks can not resume while Israel has just published plans to build new Jewish settlements in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu made the call on Monday during his five-day visit to the United States.

"We expected that Netanyahu goes to Washington to declare his desire to continue the negotiations," Erekat told Voice of Palestine Radio.

"But Netanyahu is sticking to the settlement building," Erekat said, referring to the new building plans.

Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz said on Monday that Israeli government has okayed new construction tenders for over 1,000 apartments it plans to build in Jerusalem, beyond the 1967 war cease-fire lines.

The Palestinians hope to have the eastern part of Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967, as their future capital.

The U.S.-brokered peace talks broke down quickly in September, when Israel allowed a partial moratorium on construction in the West Bank settlements to expire.

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