U.S. considers Palestinians statehood talks with U.N. a bad idea
Washington, DC, United States
July 7, 2011 03:42 pm EDT
Politics, Diplomacy, Peace Negotiations
The United States has suggested that chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat, who is currently on a visit to Washington, not look for United Nations’ recognition of Palestine becoming a recognized state during talks with the world body in September.
Talking to reporters, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that Washington’s main motive was to bring both Middle Eastern parties back to the negotiation table, adding that they do not consider the idea of U.N. talks on a future state as a helpful one. "The main focus of that diplomacy remains to encourage the Palestinians to come to the table within the framework that the president has set," said Nuland.
Her comments came just minutes after a senior official announced a meeting of Middle East Quartet envoys in Washington next week. Monday's meeting is expected to be attended by French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russia’s Sergei Lavrov are also expected to take part.
Following a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama's acting Middle East envoy David Hale and senior U.S. diplomat Dennis Ross, Erakat said that he doesn’t see any contradiction between the efforts being exerted to revive the peace process and their bid to go to the U.N.
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