Dweik: Abbas must be clear with Palestinians on peace talks

[ 16/08/2011 – 03:54 PM ]

AMMAN, (PIC)– Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Dr. Aziz Dweik has called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to be clear with the Palestinians with regards to peace talks with Israel, expressing concerns that the PA’s statehood bid with the UN was no more than a pressuring tool.

The Israeli occupation authorities are keen on their interests and take negotiations as a cover for continued racist policies against the Palestinians, as well as the ongoing settlement construction and Judaization of Jerusalem, Dweik said Tuesday morning in a fresh statement to Jordan’s Al-Sabil newspaper.

The Speaker said that the secret meetings that Abbas has reportedly held with Israeli President Shimon Peres were something that the PA has been involved in for a long time.

“All of us remember the secret meetings for talks in Madrid to discuss the Oslo [Accords]. We believe the PA leadership must be clear after all its failed negotiations with the [Israelis],” Dweik said, adding that he believes the Palestinians are in need of clarity.

Speaking on Abbas’s talk of going to the United Nations to request that Palestine becomes a member state, Dweik said: “My worst fear is that the issue of going to the UN is intended to pressure only, as some may argue that threats [could be used as] a lever. In fact, according to our knowledge of the PA in the West Bank, it submits to American pressure and quickly changes its stance. We can give many examples of that.”

“Going to the UN is a sensitive issue, and it is an important one if the result turns out positive. But the political reality forces us not to be optimistic, because we know America’s position in principle – which is that it would use its veto power. However, the result would be a cessation of aid, and we really consider a crime the use of political funding.”

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