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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Abbas: PA Ready to Resume Negotiations following UN Bid Vote

Abbas: PA Ready to Resume Negotiations following UN Bid Vote
http://english.wafa.ps/index.php?action=detail&id=21057

CAIRO, November 13, 2012 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday said that
the Palestinian Authority is ready to resume negotiations with Israel the
day after the vote on the resolution the PA will submit to the United
Nations on November 29th.

During a joint press conference between Abbas and the Egyptian Foreign
Minister Muhamed Amr, which was held following Abbas’ meeting with the
Egyptian President Muhamad Morsi, Abbas said that PA is keen to continue
consultations with the Egyptian leadership to coordinate and unite positions
regarding a number of issues, such as the Palestinian bid to UN.

The Arab Foreign Ministers pledged to support the Palestinian cause by
contacting world countries to vote in favor of the bid.

Abbas reiterated that once PA gains the non-member state status in UN, it
will be ready to resume negotiations. He confirmed Hamas’ support to the UN
bid.

Abbas said regarding the refugees’ issue that UN General Assembly 194
resolution states that: “refugees wishing to return to their homes should be
permitted to do so, and that compensation should be paid for the property of
those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which,
under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by
the Governments or authorities responsible.”

“We have more than 5 million Palestinian refugees in the west Bank, Gaza,
Syria, Jordan and Egypt; they must be offered a just solution based on the
Arab Peace Initiative,” said Abbas.

He said there is a clear agreement stating that the Palestinians and
Israelis must not take unilateral steps that might affect negotiations.

Abbas questioned why the UN bid is considered a unilateral act, while
Israel, for 40 years, has been violating the fourth Geneva convention by
building settlements in the west bank.

The vote for the resolution will take place on November 29th, which happens
to be the same day of the International Day of Solidarity with the
Palestinian People.

M.H./F.R.

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