Abbas: Palestinians Will Not Approve Interim Agreements, Temporary Borders

DEAD SEA, May 26, 2013 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday said, during  the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa 2013 (WEF), the Palestinian people will not agree to interim agreements or a state with temporary borders.

Abbas expressed his contentment with the peace initiative entitled, ‘Breaking the Impasse’, organized by Palestinian and Israeli businessmen to support re-launching of the peace process.

He said that if Israel agrees to withdraw from the land occupied in 1967, all Arab countries will normalize relations with it based on the Arab Peace Initiative.

Meanwhile, he warned of the enduring settlement activity, land confiscation, arrests and changes in Jerusalem, because it will eliminate the chances of the two-state solution.

He reiterated the Palestinian people’s commitment to peace and refusal of any form of incitement.

Palestinian Businessman Munib Masri, one of the organizers of Breaking the impasse initiative, called on all Arab leaders to increase efforts to break the stalemate in the peace process in order to establish an independent  Palestinian state.

Al-Masri said that they decided to take a position and encourage the political leaders to make critical decisions to break the deadlock in the peace process and put an end to the obstacles endangering the two-state solution.

He also reiterated Palestinians’ adherence to freezing Israeli settlement activity and bringing down the apartheid wall.

Al-Masri called to establish a Palestinian state within the  1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital, reach a fair solution to the refugees’ issue and release all political prisoners.

Breaking the Impasse was launched during WEF in the presence of four key leaders Abbas, Israeli President Shimon Peres, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

On his part, Peres said that despite of the deep differences between Palestinians and Israeli, both must discuss their differences on the negotiations’ table in order to achieve peace.

Kerry, who is currently working on reviving direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, started his speech with stressing Abbas’ significance as a peace partner.

Source: WAFA News