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  4/14/2013, Iyar 4, 5773

Additional PA Protest on Baird-Livni Meeting


Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat of the Palestinian Authority sent a letter of protest to Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, Friday, over Baird's meeting with Israeli chief negotiator Tzipi Livni in Livni's eastern Jerusalem office, according to a Sunday report by the Shalom Toronto Website. Erekat's letter noted that the meeting with an official Israeli entity in eastern Jerusalem - occupied territory in the eyes of the PA despite Israel's legal annexation of the area - is recognition of what he called "the blatant violation of international law" by Israel and a step that undermines American efforts to renew the diplomatic process.

He accused Canada of sharing Israel's responsibility for the violation and giving legitimacy to an illegal situation. He said the violation was not just against what he called the Palestinian state and its people but against the international community.