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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
PA foreign affairs minister: studying previous Palestinian commitments before exploiting European support

Legal and political options are being studied carefully, added al-Maliki.
“It is all about logistic and administrative procedures such as the
Palestinian passport design, and official correspondence between the state
of Palestine and other countries. We are studying this very deeply to make
sure we are not breaching previous commitments.”

PA to use new UN status to create 'international front'
Published yesterday (updated) 04/12/2012 20:02
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=544986

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The Palestinian Authority will seek to take advantage of
the qualitative support by some European countries against Israel’s policies
in the Palestinian territory through creating an international front to urge
countries to take more strict positions against Israel, says the Palestinian
minister of foreign affairs.

Speaking to Ma’an in Bethlehem, Riyad al-Maliki said, “We can’t face the
Israeli procedures single-handedly, so we will take advantage of the
positive positions of countries and try to build an international front to
exert pressure on the Israeli occupation and its expansionist policies.”

Al-Maliki added that the PA was not in a hurry “because we have previous
commitments we don’t want to breach."

Legal and political options are being studied carefully, added al-Maliki.
“It is all about logistic and administrative procedures such as the
Palestinian passport design, and official correspondence between the state
of Palestine and other countries. We are studying this very deeply to make
sure we are not breaching previous commitments.”

He added: “The qualitative change in the European position would not have
happened if we had not won recognition of a non-member state in the UN,
especially in countries which have very strong relations with Israel.”

The situation is now different, he said, as these countries will not agree
that Israel continues to violate international law.

Asked about the United States' possible punitive procedures, al-Maliki said
all the threats came from the Congress. “They are talking about punitive
procedures against the PA, and we are watching to see what these procedures
are. So far, what happened was that Israel stopped transferring Palestinian
tax revenue.”

He highlighted that the PA would ask the Arab League to activate the
financial network Arab countries pledged.

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