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Palestinians mourn veteran negotiator Saeb Erekat

November 11, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

11 November 2020, Palestinian Territories, Jericho: Palestinian honour guard carry the coffin of late chief negotiator and secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, Saeb Erekat, during his funeral in the West Bank city of Jericho. Erekat has died on Tuesday at the age of 65 following complications related to Covid-19. Photo: Ilia Yefimovich/dpa (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas paid his final respects to veteran negotiator Saeb Erekat on Wednesday, as the casket bearing Erekat's body was brought to the presidential compound in Ramallah for the leadership to say farewell.

Jerusalem (CNN)Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas paid his final respects to veteran negotiator Saeb Erekat on Wednesday, as the casket bearing Erekat's body was brought to the presidential compound in Ramallah for the leadership to say farewell.

Hanan Ashrawi, a prominent member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's Executive Committee, said Erekat's death marked a "significant transition in Palestinian history and reality. "

Another Israeli official, Nitzan Horowitz, leader of the leftist Meretz party, recalled that he and the Palestinian negotiator "argued a lot, but despite his frustration with the situation he never abandoned his adherence to the two-state solution, Israel and Palestine.

One of the most prominent Palestinian politicians of the last few decades, Erekat was a major part of negotiations between the Palestinian officials and Israel during intensive peace process negotiations in the 1990s.

Erekat believed Netanyahu had no intention of making the concessions necessary for the creation of an independent Palestinian state, a position reinforced by the advent of US President Donald Trump.

Yet despite the challenges, Erekat continued to insist on the importance of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, seeing no other paths to peace for the millions of Israelis and Palestinians across the region.

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