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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
PLO leader slams US, German stance as counterproductive

PLO leader slams US, German stance as 'counterproductive'
Published 8 June 2011 18:33
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=394991

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- "People do not negotiate their right to statehood.
Rather, this is an inherent right," a PLO official lashed out Wednesday in
the wake of US and German statements demanding Palestinian officials abort
plans to seek UN recognition of statehood.

"Far from acting unilaterally, Palestinians are bringing their case for
statehood before the United Nations, the world’s preeminent multilateral
body. Self-determination and respect for the sovereignty of nations are
principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter, making the UN a natural
forum to resolve this issue," Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine
Liberation Organization's Executive Committee said in a statement.

The day before, US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela
Merkel spoke out at a news conference, saying they agreed that Palestinians
should not seek recognition of a state at the UN in September, calling the
move "unilateral."

Ashrawi's sharp statement appealed to the leaders, urging them to reflect on
their position and "send a very different message" if they wanted to
reinforce prospects for peace.

"For the last two years, we have built our state from the ground up. Our
efforts have been internationally recognized and widely praised. We fulfill
all the requirements of statehood as stipulated under Article 4 of the UN
Charter and the Montevideo Convention. The sole obstacle that remains is
Israel’s refusal to end its occupation," she said in a statement.

For peace to be realized, she continued, "You do not leave an occupied
people at the mercy of those who occupy them and who act unilaterally in
violation of international law by continuing to demolish homes, annex land,
build settlements, erect apartheid walls and revoke IDs.

"On the contrary, come September, we expect President Obama and Chancellor
Merkel to support the involvement of the United Nations as a positive step
forward in efforts to secure regional peace and safeguard stability, and to
recognize that the greatest threat to regional peace and security is Israel’s
refusal to respect Palestinian rights and international law," Dr Ashrawi
concluded.

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