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Abbas Calls for US Recognition of Palestinian State, on 1967 Borders, as
a Way Out of the Impasse
The current round of talks is stalled because the US
administration failed to exert enough effort, the president said.
"If the US recognizes the 1967 borders as the borders of the
Palestinian state, the PA will resume peace negotiations with Israel."
Abbas: Failed talks could lead to uprising
Published today (updated) 22/01/2011 14:39
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) --
Fearing the failure of the peace process, President Mahmoud Abbas
told Qatar-based Al-Jazeera TV on Friday that he will seek the
recognition of statehood via the UN, and work political channels to
guarantee Palestinian liberation.
Speaking from Ramallah, Abbas
said the failure of negotiations between Palestinians and Israel could
lead to a popular uprising or revolution rather than military
confrontation. He said it was for this reason that negotiators had
refused the offer of secret talks with Israel's defense minister.
Thus far, he added, Israel has done little but impede the peace
process, and he said he had little confidence in talks at the present
A failure would have "disastrous consequences in the
whole region," Abbas said.
The PA was not yet ready to declare a
Palestinian state, the leader continued, saying that work would continue
at the UN and through political pathways he declined to explain.
"We will continue the political struggle until we have a state with
Jerusalem as its capital."
Statehood was the goal of the
agreements reached under former US President George W. Bush, Abbas
explained. The Roadmap, he continued, lead to a state on the 1967
borders with Jerusalem as its capital. "It was agreed," he said, until
the Israeli government disavowed the implementation of the agreement.
The current round of talks is stalled
because the US administration failed to exert enough effort, the
"If the US recognizes the 1967 borders as the
borders of the Palestinian state, the PA will resume peace negotiations
Without a reconciliation
agreement neither presidential nor legislative elections would be held,
Abbas said, as officials in the West Bank prepared for a municipal vote
to go ahead without Gaza cooperation.
Asked about progress in
any unity deal with Hamas, the rival party of Abbas' Fatah, the
president said efforts were ongoing to get the ruling Gaza party to sign
the Egyptian document. He made no mention of announcements by the
Palestinian People's Party that Cairo was preparing to host a new round
Abbas said a "certain understanding" had been reached
at the last round of talks in Damascus, but accused Hamas of "thwarting"
them by bringing up the issue of politically-motivated detentions.
PA security services detain only those who attempt to deal with
explosives and arms, launder money or engage in activities that could
endanger the ceasefire with Israel in the West Bank, he said.
"Hamas is maintaining ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, so why don’t they do
the same in the West Bank. This is unclear."
When the Egyptian
unity document is signed, he said, a government would be formed which
would take over the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and prepare for new
Internal Fatah politics
On the investigation
of Fatah Central Committee member Muhammad Dahlan, who was once Fatah
and PA’s strongman in the Gaza Strip, Abbas said that if the
investigation committee found the official guilty, he would be detained
and handed over to the courts for a trial.
"There are no
pressures on the PA from inside or outside to stop interrogating Dahlan,
but if he is not found guilty, Fatah will apologize to him, and if he is
convicted, he will be put to justice," Abbas said.
remained tight-lipped as to the nature of the allegations against Dahlan,
but reports in the Hebrew press indicate that the investigation centers
on the testimony of men hired by the official to launch a private
militia in the West Bank.
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