Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Palestinians will not accept any US peace plan: Abbas

Abbas 'won't accept US plans' US has marginalised itself: Macron
Kenny Thornton | 23 December, 2017, 23:17

Mr Macron repeated his earlier condemnations of the USA decision on Jerusalem, but he also ruled out recognising Palestine as a state unilaterally, which France has mooted previously. He also rejected the proposed United States framework for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians - though the Trump administration has yet to make such a framework public or even finalize it.

"After its decision on Jerusalem, the U.S. can no longer be regarded as an honest broker in the peace process, and we won't accept any plans put forward by Washington on the issue", the Palestinian leader said at a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, which was broadcasted live by the Lebanon-based Al Mayadeen TV channel. "The US chose to be biased. We will not accept any plans from the United States because of [this] partisan spirit and this violation of global law", Abbas said.

US plans for mediation have been prepared for several months and are expected to be revealed in early 2018, BBC News reported.

In his speech earlier this month, Trump said, "We are not taking a position on any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem".

He had previously praised Haley's message to United Nations member states, warning that US government officials will also be "watching those votes".

"The US made a decision to support Israel's claims and rhetoric of an exclusive 'Jewish capital, ' over the inclusion and respect that a city important to the three monotheistic religions should have", he wrote.

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Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem might eventually serve as the capital of an independent state of Palestine. Jerusalem is our capital.

"The Americans have marginalised themselves and I am trying to not do the same thing", he said.

"The General Assembly reaffirms that any measures and actions aimed at changing the nature, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem are null and void, and should be repealed in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council".

"The solution will be built around two states so inevitably there will be a moment in the process when there is recognition".

On Thursday, the UN General Assembly (GA) adopted a resolution by 128 majority vote against the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state in response to Trump's decision.

The meeting was attended by a host of Palestinian officials, namely member of Fatah Central Committee and Head of the Civil Affairs Authority Hussein al-Sheikh, head of the General Intelligence Service Majid Faraj, Presidential Advisor for Diplomatic Affairs Majdi al-Khaldi, and the Palestinian ambassador to Paris Salman al-Harfi.

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