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Erekat: No Plans for Kerry, Abu Mazen, Netanyahu Summit

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is stuck between US Secretary of State John Kerry and the Palestinian street.
Saeb Erekat, a Palestinian senior politician and chief negotiator stands near a road under construction, which has become the latest focal point of Arab-Israeli discontent, in the Arab neighbourhood of Beit Safafa in Jerusalem March 14, 2013. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinched deals for a coalition government on Thursday reflecting a shift to the centre in Israel and a domestic agenda that has shunted peacemaking with Palestinians to the sidelines. "We hope that this Israeli government will
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Fewer than 24 hours stand between Ramallah and visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry. All indications are that the latter will come bearing new proposals for the resumption of negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian sides, thus heralding the end of a festive week at the Muqata, the headquarters of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Kerry's visit there will be held from June 27-29.  

The official Palestinian narrative, according to senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, is that "the Palestinians' terms for resuming negotiations remain just as they were. Namely, Israel's recognition of a Palestinian state on the borders of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, a settlement freeze, and the release of Palestinian prisoners held in detention since before the Oslo Peace Accords of 1993."

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