PLO Official Urges Quartet to Oblige Israel to Abide by its Obligations

JERICHO, March 7, 2015 (WAFA) – PLO Executive Committee member Saeb Erekat urged Saturday the International Quartet to oblige Israel to abide by its obligations.

Erekat urged the Quartet to oblige Israel to abide by its obligations, namely halting settlement construction, including in East Jerusalem, releasing the fourth batch of Palestinian detainees, restoring the legal and security status to the PA’s territories, in addition to ending the Israeli occupation and establishing the Palestinian state along 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Erekat made his remarks during separate meetings with UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry, EU Representative John Gatt-Rutter, Representative of the Russian Federation to the PA Alexander Rudakov and US Consul-General Michael Ratney.

Erekat remarks came two days after the PLO’s Central Council adopted several major resolutions, including a decision to halt security coordination with Israel.

Erekat added that unless Israel abides by its obligations, the PLO’s Central Council would halt all forms of security coordination and call Israel to assume all its responsibilities under international law as the occupying power.

According to the PLO senior official, the council’s ‘binding’ resolutions are based on upholding the Palestinian national project; the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, the resolution of all final-status issues, particularly the refugees issue and releasing Palestinian detainees in line with relevant resolutions of international legitimacy.

Erekat affirmed that the PLO’s Central Council has categorically rejected the persistence of the current status-quo; it rejected the Israeli government’s continued reneging on agreements signed between the two parties as well as its failure to abide by its obligations, particularly with regard to abolishing the security and legal status of Areas A and B across the West Bank.

It has also rejected the Israeli government’s ongoing illegal settlement expansion, withholding of Palestinian tax revenues and detention of veteran pre-Oslo Palestinian detainees.

He affirmed that the council has also rejected Israel’s strategy to keep the Gaza strip separated from the rest of the Palestinian territories, since Israel is fully aware that there can be no Palestinian state without Gaza.