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Palestinian President Abbas Interview to The Guardian

1 février 2010

Israel’s continuing colonisation of the West Bank is leading to a « one-state solution« , the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has told the Guardian (January 31),  while indicating that he may be poised this week to accept a US proposal for « proximity talks » with Israel through American mediators.   The Palestinian Authority president also insisted he would not allow any return to armed resistance; offered direct negotiations with Israel in exchange for a complete three-month settlement freeze; claimed he had come close to a comprehensive agreement with former Israeli leader Ehud Olmert that went beyond anything negotiated by Yasser Arafat under President Bill Clinton; and defended Egypt’s construction of an underground wall to prevent smuggling into the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip.

Abbas  said he would be prepared to resume full face-to-face peace negotiations if Israel froze all settlement construction for three months and accepted its June 1967 borders as the basis for land swaps. « These are not preconditions, they are requirements in the road map. If they are not prepared to do that, it means they don’t want a political solution. » « If Israel accepts the framework of a two state solution based on the 1967 borders and an end to occupation … there will be progress. »

See the interview on Guardian.co.uk

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