Barack Obama was presented Monday with a “very ugly map” depicting Israeli settlement construction throughout the West Bank, the chief Palestinian negotiator said, adding that the meeting between the US president and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was “difficult” yet “candid.”
According to Saeb Erekat, over 10,000 housing units were built on Palestinian-owned territory since the US-brokered peace talks commenced last year, the Guardian reported.
“We put a map to president Obama, showed him the extent of what happened since we began [negotiations] in July,” Erekat said during a speech at the Wilson Center think-tank in Washington Tuesday, displaying what was apparently Abbas’s map.
“It is a very ugly map,” he said. “This was supposed to be land of the Palestinian state.”
Erekat went on to say that no concrete US peace proposal had been presented to Abbas during his meeting with Obama, despite the fact that US Secretary of State John Kerry has been working on formulating a “framework” for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
“Contrary to what people expected, that we will come out of this meeting with an official American proposal document, this has not happened,” he said.
“To submit an official document we need more discussion,” Erekat added.