Erekat Calls on Israel to Release Palestinian Parliament Speaker

Palestinian, Israeli envoys hold fourth meeting in Amman in effort to renew negotiations; senior Palestinian official says Erekat demanded Israel release Aziz Duek and 23 Palestinian MPs.

Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat presented Israeli envoy Issac Molho with a letter demanding that Israel release the speaker of the Palestinian parliament who was recently arrested, a Palestinian official told AFP on Sunday.

Erekat and Molho were meeting in Amman for the fourth time, in order to advance negotiations between the two countries.

Saeb Erekat
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A senior Palestinian official told AFP on Sunday that no substantial progress was made in the meeting.

According to the Palestinian official, Erekat presented Molho with a letter demanding Israel release the speaker of the Palestinian parliament, Aziz Duek, arrested by Israel a few days ago, in addition to 23 Palestinian MPs, held by Israel.

The letter also included a demand Israel release approximately 130 prisoners Israel has been holding since the years before the Oslo Accord, as well as, Marwan Barghouti, the head of Fatah's Tanzim armed wing and Ahmed Saadat, secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who are also in Israeli prisons.

In September, the Quartet set forth a four-month target for the sides to present proposals on the key issues of future borders and security arrangements. The Palestinians believe the timeline expires on January 26. Israel says the clock doesnt start ticking until negotiations are under way.

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