After September bid: Fatah and Hamas to meet soon, PA Cabinet denies any Israeli assistance


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Monday September 26, 2011 18:24by Alaa Ashkar – IMEMC & Agencies

Head of Fatah Movement’s delegate for the national unity, Azzam Al-Ahmad, declared that he would hold a meeting with Hamas in Cairo next month to implement the Palestinian national reconciliation, stating that connections are continued regarding the unity and it would include wider political issues, the Maan News Agency reported Monday.

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Al-Ahmad said that the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, announced to discuss the Palestinian unity right after returning back to the West Bank city of Ramallah, pointing out that Hamas’ objection over organizing pro-Palestinian bid activities won’t affect the national unity.

Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine’s Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Saeb Erekat, said that the Palestinian response to the International Quartet’s proposal regarding a resumption of the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks would be after the meeting of the members of the Executive Committee of PLO upcoming Wednesday.

Erekat called on the Quartet members to recognize the Palestinian state as soon as possible to rescue peace process in the Middle East.

“Until this moment, there is no partner in the Israeli government that wants to achieve peace. However, the Israeli government completely wants to impose its position,” said Erekat, confirming that “The Palestinian leadership position is resuming peace talks in accordance with clear reference based on 1967 borders and totally freezing of Israel settlement activities.”

He added regarding the Israeli government statements,calling for dissolving the Palestinian Authority that the P.A is not a tool in the hand of Netanyahu to do whatever he wishes to. P.A is a tool to transfer to a Palestinian state, he stated.

The Palestinian spokesman, Dr. Ghassan Al-Khateeb, denied any Israeli assistance for the Palestinian side, considering the Israeli Finance minister statements’ beguilement and misinformation.

The Israeli minister, Yuval Steinitz, threatened to cut the Israeli assistance to Palestinians, and considering the Palestinian leadership an enemy entity if the P.A rejects all suggested solutions and recognizing the Jewish State.

Palestinian minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Riyad Almaliki, announced that the Palestinian President Abbas would probably pay a visit to the state of Columbia next month to hold a meeting with the Columbian President to gain more support for the Palestinian bid at the International body.

He said he would hold a meeting with the Gabon and Nigerian Foreign Affairs ministers to urge them to vote in favor of the Palestinian application at the UN. Almaliki further would hold a meeting with the Columbian minister of Foreign Affairs to ask her to support the Palestinian bid at the UN particularly that Columbia did not take its decision regarding voting for the bid or against.

Dr. Almaliki expects that consultations to be convened at the UN Security Council based on the request of the United States that wishes to recognize other members’ positions regarding the Palestinian application.

In addition, Almaliki said that he would hold a meeting with Lebanon’s ambassador to the UN, head the current session of the UN Security Council, to discuss the consultations of the Security Council session to make the necessary steps for any decision that the body would take.

He further pointed out that Palestine obtains the support of 6 permanent members of the UNSC, but the problem is involving Bosnia and Herzegovina members specially that there is a treble-presidency for Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina in which Serbia rejects the support for the Palestinian bid and the two others support it.

Countries such as Malaysia and Turkey will be working hard to change Bosnia and Herzegovina’s positions and voting in favor of the Palestinian bid, Almaliki said.

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