December 6, 2011 - 1:00am

There would be no peace negotiations with Israel without a settlement freeze and a two- state solution, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Tuesday.

"These are not Palestinian conditions, they are Israeli Phase I Roadmap obligations," Erekat said during a meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman.

"The Palestinian bid to get a full membership at the United Nations would continue," said Erekat, quoted by a statement issued by his office..

The Palestinian official also asked the United States to stop considering Israel a state which is above the law, urging more U.S. pressure on Israel to release Palestinians who were jailed before the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993.

The United States has recently called for resuming the moribund direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The Palestinians consider the U.S. invitation as an attempt to get around the international Quartet statement issued in September that called on both parties to stick to their roadmap commitments to restart peace talks.


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