RAMALLAH, April 30, 2018 (WAFA) - Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said the Palestinian side will not be part of any peace plan proposed by US president Donald Trump.
During a meeting with Sweden’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Annika Söder and the accompanying delegation in Ramallah, Erekat said the Palestinian stance is firm and that Trump has isolated himself from the peace process following his decision on Jerusalem as capital of Israel and moving US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
This came in response to statements made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a meeting with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, where he said that, “the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem remain subject to negotiations between the parties, and we remain committed to achieving a lasting and comprehensive peace that offers a brighter future for both Israel and the Palestinians.”
Pompeo said, “by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the seat of its government, we‘re recognizing reality.”
In response to Pompeo’s statements, Erekat questioned how can this be done after Pompeo confirmed that his country will relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, because reality requires so?
He questioned how peace can be achieved while trying to exclude the issues of Jerusalem and refugees from negotiations. He slammed Pompeo’s statements as totally flawed.
“The US cannot be a mediator or partner in the peace process unless it withdrew its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, because it makes no sense for Palestine to be without East Jerusalem as its capital.”
Erekat further reiterated his support to President Mahmoud Abbas’ vision proposed at the UN Security Council last February.
“We seek a solution that guarantees resolving all of the final status issues, foremost the issue of refugees and prisoners, in accordance with relevant international resolutions. No one will deceive us and we will not fall into the illusion that the United States can have any balanced ideas that could lead to the achievement of a real and just peace. Washington has become part of the problem and not the solution.”
He stressed that the convening of the Palestinian National Council constitutes a focal point to confront the dictates of US administration and Trump’s attempts to destroy the Palestinian national project.