RAMALLAH, April 6, 2013 (WAFA) – Fatah Revolutionary Council (FRC) called on the Quartet for Middle East peace, which is composed of the United State, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations, to re-activate its role as peace broker, said the council’s statement on Friday.
“With the retreat in the role of the Quartet and its irregular and inconclusive work, the FRC calls for re-activating the role of the Quartet with the possibility of expanding it or forming a committee of friends of the International Quartet of states that have influence in international politics to follow up on its work and activate it,” said the statement issued at the conclusion of the FRC’s meetings held in Ramallah over two days.
The FRC also warned of the impact of Israeli settlement activities in the West Bank and Jerusalem on the situation in the region as a whole.
It said that the settlements and expropriation of land “will not only undermine the peace process and the two-state solution, but will push the region into a large explosion and spark a wide-ranging conflict.”
The statement stressed that halting settlement construction is a requirement for resuming negotiations with Israel.
The FRC also called for joining international organizations and bodies “to provide protection for the Palestinian people and safeguard their lawful rights.”
The FRC discussed the visit of the US President Barack Obama to the region, stressing that the US role exceeds public relations.
It said that the US is required to take a firm position to achieve the Palestinian people’s rights based on international law and stop its “favoritism policy” emanating from its alliance with Israel.
The FRC also renewed its commitment to achieving the reconciliation and warned against any attempt to bypass or undermine the Palestine Liberation Organization as the sole, legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.
Describing the government’s financial and economic policies as being “unplanned and confused,” the FRC called on the government headed by Salam Fayyad “to re-consider its work plan and program.”
The Fatah members renewed their confidence in the efforts of President Mahmoud Abbas and “his adherence to the national program despite the pressures, plots and conspiracies.”