Premier Urges International Community not to Handle Palestinian Cause as Crisis Management

RAMALLAH, January 13, 2015 (WAFA) – Premier Rami Hamdallah urged Monday the international community not to deal with the Palestinian cause as a crisis that needs to be managed.

“The international community ought not to handle the Palestinian cause as a crisis that needs to be handled. We do not want a temporary solution to the Palestinian cause. However, a final solution should be achieved through establishing the independent viable Palestinian state on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Hamdallah made these remarks during a meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo at the Premier’s Office in Ramallah. The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki and Palestinian Ambassador to Spain Musa Odeh.

Hamdallah added that as a result of obstructing the peace process by Israel, the Palestinian leadership has no choice but to file applications to join international institutions and submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council for ending the Israeli occupation and establishing the Palestinian state.

He noted that if Israel continues to pursue the policy of collective punishment against the Palestinian people and withhold tax revenues, the Palestinian leadership would join other international institutions.

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo arrived in Ramallah on Monday in a Middle East tour to look into the situation in the Palestinian territories, with the Gaza Strip tour as the highlight of the regional visit.

The Spanish delegation headed by Garcia-Margallo met with Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki and signed a Joint agreement for Cooperation, which includes the framework of cooperation between Spain and Palestine.