RAMALLAH, August 31, 2009 (WAFA)- PM Salam Fayyad said tonight in a joint press conference with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana the building of the state institutions is a Palestinian responsibility foremost.
Speaking on the Government Document on statehood, Fayyad said: 'The building of the state institutions is a Palestinian responsibility foremost and we have to take the initiative” stressing that “we are in need for international support to carry out this mission.”
“If it is a unilateral act,” Fayyad said. “It is positive unilateralism. Statehood is a basic objective of this political process, how can it be described as a negative measure?'
Solana announced support for the Governments Document, saying “I've discussed the important and solid document the Palestinian government has produced. It gives a lot of important idea of how to build institutions of the Palestinian state. we support it.”
“We are going to support this document. It's a very good, very solid and very political document,” Solana added. “Any criticism of it. I don't understand it.”
“We have very important days ahead of us. On September 23 we have the U.N. general assembly meeting. I hope around that day we will have important discussions on Palestinian statehood,” Solana said. “In all the places I've been, everybody says: We want to use the time. We can't waste time. There is an opportunity. We are in full cooperation with the U.S., the Arab League, the Palestinians. We're in a very important moment. We are going to be with you.”
On settlements, Fayyad reiterated the need to halt all settlement construction, wondering:
'Where will this state be established? how will any political process have credibility among the Palestinians with settlements activity?”
“The EU has said to stop settlement activity is a must,” Solana emphasized.