- Published on Monday, 11 June 2012 10:59
On Monday, June 11th, PLO Chief Negotiator Saaeb Erekat revealed that the U.S Congress has threatened to cut off financial aid to the Palestinian Authority and to close the Liberation Organisation's office in Washington if the Palestinians headed to the United Nations to bid for recognition as an independent state in September.
Erekat said that if Palestine was accepted as a member state in the UN it would be recognised as an independent state within the June 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital and that the settlements built in the Palestinian Territories would be rendered null and void
Erekat denied news published in the Israeli press about a possible meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's new partner in the ruling coalition, Kadima's Shaul Mofaz.
Erekat gave his assurance that there has been contact with Netanyahu's Special Envoy Yitzhak Molcho, saying that they has been an exchange of letters between the Palestinian and Israeli political parties and that the Palestinian request to resume negotiations were conditional on the acceptance of the two-state solution within the 1967 borders, the cessation of settlement construction and the release of Palestinian prisoners.
Erekat also denied discussing local and daily issues during his contacts with Molcho, instead stating that such issues have been discussed with the Civil Affairs Administration department with Hussein al-Sheikh.