Palestinian lead negotiator says Abbas has no intention of dismantling PA

 

Palestinian head negotiator Erekat, says that while Palestinians aren’t interested in dissolving the Palestinian Authority, Israel’s actions ‘have annulled all political, legal, economic, security & operational aspects of the PA.’

By AFP

 

RAMALLAH – The Palestinians have no intention to dismantle the Palestinian Authority, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Tuesday.

 

“No Palestinian is speaking of an initiative to dismantle the Palestinian Authority,” Erekat told AFP.

“But Israel’s actions have annulled all the legal, political, security, economic and operational aspects of the prerogatives of the Palestinian Authority,” said Erekat.

The Palestinian negotiating team reportedly warned US mediator Martin Indyk last week that they may decide to dismantle the Authority headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, in order to shift responsibility of governing the Palestinian territory and its 2.5 million residents to Israel, should peace talks fail.

“Those kinds of extreme measures would have grave implications” on the future of US financial aid to the Palestinians, US State Department Spokeswoman Jenn Psaki warned Monday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for his part, accused the Palestinian Authority of trying to undermine the peace process.

“Yesterday the Palestinian Authority discussed dismantling, today it is mulling uniting with Hamas. Let them decide whether to dismantle or unite. When they want peace, they should let us know,” he said on Monday.

Palestinians have previously raised the possibility of dissolving the PA, created as a result of the 1993 Oslo Accords to administer the autonomous areas of the West Bank, but this is the first time the threat is wielded since the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks under the auspices of US Secretary of State John Kerry last July.

The Palestinian Authority, supported by the international community, is constantly faced with serious financial difficulties and depends on foreign aid for survival.

 

View original Ynet publication at: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4511939,00.html

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  1. This is what he was REALLY THINKING…..

    Palestinian head negotiator Erekat admits to being flabbergasted. Has Abbas lost his mind? We can not survive without the American ‘Golden Goose!’

    He went on, how the PA allowed Hamas free reign to ‘milk’ the EU, which facilitated 1700 millionaires in Gaza, with the abundance of free aid to sell on the open market.

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