The Palestinian Authority's chief negotiator has denied media claims that the nine-month time limit for negotiations with the Israelis has been extended. Sa'eb Erekat used his Facebook page to insist that the talks will end, as scheduled, in April next year.
He added that the PA negotiators are seeking a comprehensive peace deal that includes all issues, with no exceptions. He reiterated their refusal to accept any transitional or stage solutions. "This is the position of the PLO as well," he wrote.
Erekat pointed out that there are "defamatory" efforts to derail the negotiation team. "Certain sides spread false information regarding the extension of the nine-month window of opportunity," he wrote. "This is false; enough of all such falsifications."