Erekat: Olmert release list of 'major' roadblocks slated for removal
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert promised Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas that he would release in the coming days a list of "major" West Bank roadblocks to be removed, top Palestine Liberation Organization negotiator Saeb Erekat said yesterday.
Erekat said Olmert gave specific assurances to Abbas during their meeting last week in the West Bank town of Jericho.
"Olmert told Abbas that ... the defense minister will submit a whole list of major checkpoints to be removed in the West Bank, to enable the mobility of the Palestinians," Erekat said.
National Infrastructures Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer confirmed that Defense Minister Ehud Barak is considering a removal of some roadblocks, but suggested there would not be far-reaching changes.
"We are taking the commitment of the prime minister seriously, and we are waiting to see deeds," Erekat said.
Erekat added that the Palestinians have a commitment from Olmert to pursue a meaningful peace process to realize a two-state solution.
Following the talks, Abbas promised Palestinians on Tuesday that their daily lives would soon improve.
Meanwhile, Palestinian police in Nablus launched an operation yesterday destroying cars they said lacked correct documentation.