PA: Place Supervisors in Settlements to Ensure Freeze

Saeb Erekat: We don't believe Netanyahu's call for building freeze; construction continues secretly.

The chief negotiator for the Palestinian Authority has demanded that the international community place supervisors in West Bank settlements and East Jerusalem in order to ensure Israeli building halts completely, reported the London-based pan Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat on Friday.

The paper reported Saeb Erekat as saying that a clear system of supervising the building freeze must be implemented.

Speaking about the recent Quartet meeting in Moscow, Erekat said, "Even if Netanyahu would accept the position of the Quartet, in their call for a building freeze we wouldn't believe him because the building continues secretly."

The Quartet, which comprises members from Russia, the United States, the UN and the European Union, called Israel and the Palestinians to renew peace negotiations on Friday in order to achieve a two-state solution within 24 months. The members met in Moscow in an effort to defuse the latest crisis in peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians.

The mediators also called on Israel following their meeting to freeze all settlement activities and denounced its recent decision to approve construction of 1.600 new homes in East Jerusalem.

"The Quartet urges the government of Israel to freeze all settlement activities ... and to refrain from demolitions and evictions," according to the statement read by UN Chief Ban ki-Moon. The statement also condemned Israel's approval of the construction in East Jerusalem.