Kerry announces agreement on 'basis' for Mideast peace talks

Kerry announces agreement on 'basis' for Mideast peace talks

AMMAN, Jordan, July 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed to "a basis for resuming direct" Middle East peace talks.

London upset over Israeli settlements

LONDON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The British government said Wednesday it was "deeply" disappointed with an Israeli decision to advance settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

London warms to an independent Palestine

LONDON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The British government is committed to helping Palestinian leaders create a sovereign state that can exist alongside a secure Israel, a minister said.

Official: Gunman may have filmed acts

TOULOUSE, France, March 20 (UPI) -- The gunman who shot and killed four people outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, appeared to be filming his actions, French authorities said Tuesday.

Israel to free 200 Palestinian prisoners

JERUSALEM, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Israel's cabinet voted Sunday to release 200 Palestinian prisoners at the urging of outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Obama said to have meeting with Abbas

Obama said to have meeting with Abbas

WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during his Mideast trip, a Palestinian official said Monday.

Palestinian infighting kills more than 24

GAZA, June 13 (UPI) -- Palestinian officials said more than two dozen people died in a single day as a result of fighting between rival Palestinian factions.

Palestinian security head hurt in blast

GAZA, May 20 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Authority's top intelligence official has been seriously hurt in an explosion in his Gaza City headquarters.

Israel drops Palestinian security pact

JERUSALEM, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Israel backed out of a security-sharing pact with the Palestinian Authority Monday after three Israelis were gunned down during the weekend.

PA prepares forces for Jenin area

JERUSALEM, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Authority will deploy 700 security personnel in the Jenin area of the northern West Bank during the Israeli evacuation of four settlements.

Israel seeks control at Eqypt-Gaza border

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Israel warns it will cancel its customs union with the Gaza Strip if the Palestinian Authority and Egypt refuse to open a jointly controlled border crossing.

Sharon, Abbas to meet June 21

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 1 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have yet to decide on a site for their planned June 21 summit.

Palestinian elections similar to 1996

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The Palestinian presidential elections Jan. 9 will be patterned after the 1996 elections there, Palestinian and Israeli officials agreed.

Palestinians ask for Quartet intervention

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat urged the Middle East Peace Quartet Thursday to ensure Israeli settlement expansion does not undermine Palestinian elections.

Arafat remains in a Paris hospital

PARIS, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath has denied Mahmoud Abbas or Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia will replace Yasser Arafat while he is hospitalized in Paris.
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Saeb Erakat
WAP2000072520-WASHINGTON, DC, USA - JULY 25, 2000 - Dr. Saeb Erakat, Chief Palistinian negotiator, discusses the reasons why the Middle East Peace Talks at Camp David came to an end today at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City, Virginia July 25, 2000.

Saeb Muhammad Salih Erekat (also: 'Sa'ib', 'Erakat', 'Urayqat', Arabic: صائب عريقات‎, born April 28 1955) is the Palestinian chief of the PLO Steering and Monitoring Committee. He negotiated the Oslo Accords with Israel and remained chief negotiator from 1995 until May 2003, when he resigned in protest from the Palestinian government. He later reconciled with the party and was re-appointed to the post in September 2003. He is currently part of the Israel-Fatah negotiations team working to establish a Palestinian state.

Saeb Erekat was born on April 28, 1955 in East Jerusalem, into a Muslim family, then under Jordanian occupation. He has six siblings. Erekat received a BA and MA in Political Science at San Francisco State University in the United States and completed his Ph.D. in Peace and conflict studies at Bradford University, England. He is married with twin daughters and two sons.

He returned the West Bank town of Nablus to lecture in Political Science at the An-Najah National University, and also served for 12 years on the editorial board of the widely-circulated Palestinian newspaper, Al-Quds.

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