Abbas: Palestinians reject temporary-borders statehood

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stressed on Thursday that his Palestinian National Authority(PNA) completely rejects the idea of statehood with temporary borders with Israel.

Abbas: Palestinians reject temporary-borders statehood
Abbas' remarks came during a ceremony at his office in Ramalla has he spoke about what happened in the backstage of Annapolis peace conference which was held in the United States last month.

"There was debate about the statehood with provisional boundaries and we have rejected this idea at all because the temporary borders will turn into lasting frontiers," Abbas added.

Abbas criticized an earlier offer by rival Hamas movement which called for a long-term truce with Israel, saying this offer means temporary borders and abandoning of the refugees' right of return since the truce's period was 15 years.

He added that the Palestinians want statehood on the 1967 borders including Jerusalem and resolving the issue of refugees in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative and the UN resolution number 194.

Abbas explained that Annapolis conference was only meant to launch Palestinian-Israeli negotiations on final-status issues. "We still determined to kick off the negotiations on international level."

U.S. President George W. Bush set Dec. 12 as the date to launch the talks.

On the internal crisis, Abbas noted that "many Arab and non-Arab sides, who have kind intentions, want internal dialogue" between Hamas and his Fatah movements because the current status was "uncomfortable."

Abbas reiterated that he is ready to talk with Hamas, "which is an original sector of the Palestinian people," when the Islamic movement "steps back from the coup."


Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Aralık 2007, 14:16