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Erekat hopes new US president would resume peace process


Gaza : An official in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) expressed his hopes Sunday that the new US president would resume work on the Middle East peace process.

Chief of PLO negotiation department Saeb Erekat told Voice of Palestine radio that the organization is not involved in the US presidency elections to be held next Tuesday, but would work with the new administration regardless of the victor party.

Erekat revealed that the PLO recently contacted the US on negotiations with Israel, saying Israel did not fulfill any of its obligations virtue of the roadmap.

The international committee that consists of the United States, the United Nations (UN), Russia, and the European Union (EU) was not able to bring Israel to stop its settlement activities or even open the closed Palestinian institutions in Jerusalem, he pointed out.

Erekat recently met with Republican candidate Barak Obama’s advisor on the Middle East, Daniel Kurtzer, and discussed political issues, the peace process, and developments regarding the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

Palestinians fear that the Middle East conflict would not be a priority for the new US president with so many problems the new administration will have to deal with like the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan and the world economic crisis.