France rescinds ISC initiative under US/Israeli pressure

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Inside sources have revealed to PNN that France has officially rescinded its planned presentation of an initiative titled ‘Resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations’ to the International Security Council (ISC).

The source said that “the French Foreign Minister informed his Palestinian counterpart during their meeting that France will not be presenting the negotiations initiative to the ISC and that it had rescinded the proposal”.

Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki told PNN that France had failed to put this initiative forward due to American pressure.

In an interview with PNN, PLO Executive Committee member Wasel Abu Youssef said that the PA had informed all factions, during the French Foreign Minister’s visit to the region, that this decision was completely clear. He said that the initiative would have invoked international legal resolutions and international law including the resolution issued by the ISC and General Assembly concerning the right of return and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as it’s capital.

Abu Youssef stressed that it was was not possible to accept any compromises when it came to the rights of the Palestinian people. He said that a timeframe must be put in place for the withdrawal of the occupation from Palestinian lands, adding that there was no point in returning to the negotiation table after attempting that for so many long years and ultimately only benefitting the Israeli government. He said that he had rejected any attempt to ratify the so-called ‘Jewish state’.

Abu Youssef pointed out that the Palestinian leadership had intended to actualise a resolution on the withdrawal of the occupation from Palestinian lands at the ISC. He confirmed that the US had put pressure on France to drop the initiative, and raised the possibility of Palestine itself going to the ISC.

He emphasised in the interview that there could be no space for the success of any initiative that did not compromise of the rights of the Palestinian people if this pressure did not end.

Foreign Minister Riyadh al-Malaki said that France had rescinded its initiative based on the two-state solution as a result of Israeli and American pressure during the period of the Iranian nuclear deal.