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Erekat denies Al-Jazeera leaked documents

The PA responds to Al-Jazeera release of leaked documents, dismissing them as a 'pack of lies'

Ahram Online, Monday 24 Jan 2011
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Palestine chief negotiator Saeb Erekat on Sunday responded to Al-Jazeera's release of hundreds of documents concerning the peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis, emphatically denying that the Palestinian Authority (PA) had agreed to make far-reaching concessions on Jerusalem.

Erekat, questioned on the Doha-based channel, said that the Palestinian leadership had "nothing to hide" and dismissed the bulk of the report as "a pack of lies."

“This is a theatre,” he said. “This is part of a campaign targeting President Mahmoud Abbas and the PA at a time when we are going to the UN Security Council regarding the settlements.”

Erekat confirmed, however, that the Palestinians and Israelis had talked about land swaps in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

“Yes, we talked about land swaps,” he told Al-Jazeera. “[Former Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert presented us with a map about the land swap. The swap is part of international law.”

"We have not gone back on our position. If we had given ground on the refugees and made such concessions, why hasn't Israel agreed to sign a peace accord?" he added.

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