The Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee secretary Dr. Saeb Erekat said monday evning in press reles that the meeting between France’s Special Envoy Pierre Vimont and President Abbas and the Palestinian Leadership was a positive visit, with a sincere and positive exchange of ideas around the goal to fully end the Israeli occupation and preserve and push forward the two-state solution on the 1967 border.
Erekat added in the statmaent the PNN rasive :”We have encouraged France to go ahead with its initiative and supported its efforts to have a conference before the end of the year, adding that Palestine will continue to engage with its various partners in order to move towards that end.
He pointed out that Israel should not be given the chance to sabotage such an international initiative. Israel is a state that does not only refuse to attend international conferences, but refuses to recognize Palestine, to implement signed agreements, UN resolutions or simply to abide by its obligations under international law. Israel wants only to maintain the status quo and to continue with its settlement policies and land grab.
He said in the statement that next year will mark 50 years of the Israeli occupation adding that the world should not allow Israel to continue vetoing the inalienable right of Palestine to be free.
For his part Dr. Nabil Abu Rudeina the Palestinian presidency spokesman in Ramallah, confirmed that the Palestinian position is to support the French peace initiative, both if Israel approved it or rejected.
This Palestinian position came after the Israeli National Security Council adviser Jacob Nagel and Israel Prime Minister adviser Yitzhak Molcho told the French envoy to the peace process in Jerusalem today that Israel supports push the peace process through direct negotiations between them stating thay Israel rejects the French initiative to hold an international peace conference.