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PLO official urges EU to impose sanctions on party stifling peace talks

English.news.cn   2013-12-18 21:24:05            

RAMALLAH, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) should impose sanctions on the party that blocks peace talks in addition to the unparalleled incentives it announced this week, a Palestinian official said Wednesday.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization's Executive Committee, said the unprecedented show of support by the European organization for Israel and the Palestinians if they reach a deal in their negotiations "has positive elements."

However, he added that "the EU's stance should also include sanctions against Israel if it hampers the negotiations and puts obstacles on the way of the political process."

Following the monthly meeting of 28 EU foreign ministers in Brussels, the ministers announced "an unprecedented package of European political, economic and security support to both parties in the context of a final status agreement."

According to the minister's announcement, when the two sides reach a deal, the EU "will offer Israel and the future state of Palestine a Special Privileged Partnership, including increased access to the European markets, closer cultural and scientific links, facilitation of trade and investments as well as promotion of business to business relations. Enhanced political dialogue and security cooperation will also be offered to both states."

Despite these welcome incentives, Palestinians say Israel is preventing progress with the negotiations, which resumed in July after a three-year halt.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is helping to mediate the resumption of negotiations, has presented a security plan for Israel and the Palestinians.

Several Palestinian officials said they reject the plan because it adopts Israel's views and neglects the Palestinian demand that Israel maintain no security control or presence on the borders of the future Palestinian state.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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