RAMALLAH, August 27, 2014 – (WAFA) – PLO Eceutive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi stressed Wednesday that the status quo cannot be maintained.
Ashrawi made this remark during a meeting with an advanced delegation from the Elders at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah.
In the meeting, Ashrawi stressed, “The status quo cannot be maintained, and we will never accept for Gaza to be severed from the West Bank (including occupied East Jerusalem). Now is the time to move forward with reconciliation, reconstruction and independence.”
Both parties discussed the work of The Elders and its future projects and initiatives, national unity, the need for reconstruction in Gaza, future Palestinian steps and measures to reach a binding solution, and the need for immediate international intervention to hold Israel accountable and to provide an international system of protection for the Palestinian people.
“If members of the international community are unable to bring Israel to abide by signed agreements, international law and conventions, and the global rule of law, we will press ahead and hold Israel accountable for its war crimes and human rights atrocities, and resort to the international legal system. The real solution lies in ending the occupation and recognizing the independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital,” concluded Ashrawi.