PLO official: maneuvers behind Israeli PM, FM statements   2010-09-29 22:55:42 FeedbackPrintRSS

RAMALLAH, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- An official from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said Wednesday that there are maneuvers behind Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's statements and clarification about the statements from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office.

Lieberman said Tuesday at the UN meetings in New York he prefers a long-term interim arrangement with the Palestinians rather than a final peace accord, and the world should focus on resolving the Iranian threats rather than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Commenting on Lieberman's remarks, Netanyahu's office said a solution would be reached around the negotiating table of the U.S.- brokered peace talks.

But for the Palestinians, Lieberman's speech "exposed his government's policy and its real position," said Taysser Khaled, a member of the PLO's executive committee.

"What had been said by Lieberman is what the Israeli government is doing on the ground," mainly the Jewish settlement in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Khaled said in a statement.

He added that the Israeli government has been talking with the United States "in closed rooms" about a compromise that will keep the Palestinians "bounded by a provisional statehood with temporary borders."

Khaled is also a member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), which has called for stopping the negotiations with Israel, re-launched early this month, saying Israel refuses to halt settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian lands.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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