Erekat Denies Reports Abbas Agreed to Concede on Borders

JERICHO, June 25, 2013 (WAFA) – Reports that President Mahmoud Abbas has agreed to make concessions on the 1967 borders are unfounded, said member of the Palestine Liberation Organization and its negotiator Saeb Erekat on Tuesday.

He said after holding separate meetings with different foreign officials that allegations in the Israeli media regarding concessions on the 1967 borders are “trial balloons and impressions aimed at mixing papers and creating confusion.”

He said Abbas is holding on to the two-state solution on the 1967 borders.

Erekat stressed that the Palestinians are doing everything they can to make efforts by United State Secretary of State John Kerry a success.

Kerry is working to revive the peace process and resume Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, which the Palestinians say will resume only if they were based on the1967 borders and if Israel implements its obligations in settlement freeze and release of prisoners.

Erekat said it is too early to talk about Abbas’ future steps while he gets ready to meet Kerry in the next few days.

The Palestinian official said Israeli measures in the occupied territories, including settlement expansion, demolition of homes, uprooting people and announcing death of the two-state solution, “are all part of a strategy to undermine Kerry’s efforts and destroy the two-state option.”

Source: WAFA News