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Palestinians to complete peace talks despite unfavorable U.S. advice

English.news.cn   2013-12-11 20:01:13            

RAMALLAH, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian negotiators have decided to complete peace negotiations with Israel within the specified 9-month timeframe despite "unacceptable" recommendations offered by the U.S. to solve the dispute, a Palestinian official said Wednesday.

"The Palestinian leadership doesn't want to appear responsible for stopping the negotiations or to be blamed for thwarting the U. S. peace efforts," said the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media.

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in Washington, the official said.

Erekat reportedly told Kerry that Palestinians reject the ideas that Kerry put forward when he was in the region last week.

However, Erekat also informed the secretary of state that Palestinians are ready to enter discussions that respect the views of both Palestinians and Israelis, said the official.

In his visit to Israel and Palestine last week, Kerry proposed security arrangements that "met Israeli demands without any consideration for Palestinian stances," several Palestinian officials claimed.

During his visit, Kerry announced the Palestinian state should include temporary borders and supported postponing final-status issues, the official said, adding that Palestinians strongly reject these ideas.

Kerry is returning to the Middle East Thursday and will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders to push the negotiations forward, although Palestinian officials say no progress has been made since the talks resumed in July.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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