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        8/2/2012, Av 14, 5772

      Erekat: Date of Next PA UN Bid to be Decided Soon


      Senior negotiator Saeb Erekat of the Palestinian Authority said, Thursday, that the Arab ministerial council will discuss the PA's next bid to the United Nations for recognition as a sovereign state on September 5th. During separate meetings in Jericho with the consuls of Brazil, France, Germany, India, South Africa and the United States, Dr. Erekat said the upgrading of the PA's status would not harm negotiations with Israel.

      He called on the international community to convene and pressure Israel to re-open PA offices and institutions in Jerusalem which have been closed since 2001, specifically Orient House and the PA trade office. He also called for the end of what he called all settlement activity, including in "occupied" eastern Jerusalem.

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