Kerry to present 'framework agreement' this month?
An Arab League source has told the London-based newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat
that US Secretary of State John FN Kerry plans to present a 'framework agreement
' to Israel and the 'Palestinians' before the end of this month.
Quoting anonymous Arab League sources, the paper reported the agreement
will include security measures meant to assuage both sides.
On two visits earlier this month Kerry presented to PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu security “ideas”
based on the work that a team of some 160 US officials, headed by
retired US Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, drew up defining what it
thought would be necessary for Israel’s security if a Palestinian state
Those ideas reportedly included an IDF presence in the Jordan Valley for an extended period, between 10 and 15 years.
chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said a peace agreement will
not be reached by the end of the set nine-month period that ends on
April 29, but that he believed an initial "framework agreement" is
That "framework agreement" would "specify the borders,
percentage of the [land] swaps, security arrangements, Jerusalem status,
refugees" and other core issues, Erekat said.
The PLO negotiator
said the Palestinians would be willing to continue negotiations beyond
the nine-month period if such a framework agreement is reached.
the signing of a framework agreement, Erekat estimated the two sides
could reach a final accord in six to twelve months.
reach the framework agreement, between that day to reach a comprehensive
treaty, on all core issues... you need six to 12 months in the best
case," he said.
What could go wrong?
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