Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat (L) sits next Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (C) attend the Arab foreign minsiters meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, on April 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED
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The Palestinians on Tuesday played down a threat to dismantle the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, which is Israel's interlocutor, if US-sponsored peace talks remain deadlocked."But Israel's actions have annulled all the legal, political, security, economic and operational aspects of the prerogatives of the Palestinian Authority".Palestinian negotiators had warned that they may hand responsibility for governing the occupied territories back to Israel if peace talks remain stalled, a senior Palestinian official said Sunday. The warning from the Palestinians came ahead of planned unity talks between the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which like the PA is headed by president Mahmud Abbas, and the Islamist Hamas movement ruling Gaza, which rejects any peace talks with Israel.
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