RAMALLAH, February 17, 2011 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that presidential and legislative elections will not be held without the Gaza Strip.
Abbas made this statement during a press conference with the President of East Timor, Jose Ramos-Horta, who arrived in Ramallah in the morning for an official visit.
“Holding elections in only the
He said that the Palestinian Authority is going to the Security Council with a resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and
“We expected the quartet to issue a balanced statement regarding the borders and security,” he said. “But this did not happen. So we asked the Security Council to demand from
Abbas said more than 130 countries support this resolution, which calls on
Ramos-Horta said that the issue of settlements does not help confidence building between the Palestinians and
He said that
The Timorese president praised Abbas’ rule, saying that what he saw in the
He said “
He thanked Abbas for agreeing to send Palestinian experts in different fields to work and help in
“We know many thousands of Palestinians who excel in many things,” he said. “They are welcome there as our brothers and sisters.”