Lieberman: Israel will renounce past agreements if Palestinians seek unilateral statehood
In Jerusalem, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton says "it is more urgent than ever" for Israel-Palestinian peace talks to take place.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened on Friday that Israel will renounce past agreements, including the Oslo Accords, with the Palestinians if they continue their unilateral pursuit of statehood recognition from the United Nations in September.
Lieberman's statement came during a meeting in Jerusalem with European foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton.
"The unilateral move at the UN is the end of the Oslo Accords and would be a violation of all agreements that we have signed until now," Lieberman said. "Israel would not be obligated to the agreements that it has signed with the Palestinians over the past 18 years."
Lieberman added that there is zero chance that negotiations with the Palestinians will resume, due to the position of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
"Abbas does not want an agreement, but rather confrontation with Israel," Lieberman said. "This is his personal interest, even though it is contrary to Palestinian interests and many in the Palestinian Authority oppose him."
Lieberman said that Israel is ready to renew negotiations and that the ball is in the court of the Palestinians.
Ashton said that in light of the events of the Arab Spring and in the wake of U.S. President Barack Obama's Middle East policy speech "it is more urgent than ever to engage in meaningful negotiations and move the peace process forward."
She said that a "clear reference framework" is needed to allow Israel and the Palestinians to return to peace talks.
Ashton will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday.
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