Chief Palestinian Negotiator, Dr. Saeb Erekat, stated Friday, that should the United States fail in obliging Israel to halt its settlement activities in the occupied West Bank and in occupied East Jerusalem, the Palestinian Authority will demand that Washington recognize a Palestinian State withing the 1967 six-day war border.Erekat added that this will be the next step should the U.S. fail to secure a halt of all settlement activities this month.

During his participation at a cultural event hosted by the Moroccan President, Mohammad the Sixth, in Tanja, Erekat stated that peace required a mature system of interests between all parties, and added that Israel is not willing to pay the price for peace.

He confirmed that the Palestinian people, living under Israeli occupation, must end their political conflict, and called on the Hamas movement to sign the Egyptian proposed document for internal Palestinian unity.

“They must do so. This is the only way to end this painful era in the Palestinian history”, Erekat said.

The conference in Tanja took off on Tuesday; it discusses issues regarding human rights, reforms, conflict resolution and comprehensive security in addition to development strategies.