Sunday, June 5, 2011

Abu Mazen accepted in principle the proposal for a peace summit in Paris

Following the visit this week to Ramallah and Jerusalem French Foreign Minister, Alain Juppe, the Palestinian president, Abu Mazen, said Saturday that it accepts "in principio2 the French initiative which includes an international peace summit in Paris. objective is clear, though complicated sumamemte: resume Israeli-Palestinian negotiations stalled for nine months.

According to Abu Mazen, the French plan is "an opportunity" and is based on the general lines laid out by President Barack Obama in his speech on 19 May. That is, the formula of 'two states' based on the 1967 borders with agreed exchange of territories. First you negotiate the borders and security, leaving the end (after one year) the thorniest issues, such as the status of Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees.

The Palestinian leadership makes clear that any dialogue with Israel "is not compatible with the construction in West Bank settlements. This week, Juppe gave Abu Mazen and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a document signed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to push the peace process.

You want to convert the donors meeting the Palestinian National Authority in July at a summit that brings together the parties, more remote than ever. "Our first option is to negotiate, our second option is to negotiate and our third option is to negotiate," Abu Mazen said that despite this, go ahead with its plan to go to the UN in September to seek the recognition of a Palestinian state capital in East Jerusalem.

A desire supported by the Arab League, which flatly rejects Netanyahu and Obama himself. Netanyahu, who has not yet given an official response to the French initiative, says it wants to re-negotiate with Abu Mazen "anywhere, anytime, without preconditions," referring to the Palestinian demand to extend the moratorium on the construction settlements in the West Bank that ended last Sept.

26. The Palestinian tactic of not negotiating with Israel and supported by most automatic and assured the UN that has worried Israel and the U.S., which has lobbied unsuccessfully to Ramallah. Netanyahu demands that any peace agreement include Palestinian recognition of the Jewish state and Palestinian refugees wishing to return should make the future Palestinian state, not Israel.

It reaffirms that Jerusalem "will not be divided," denying the Palestinians' aspiration for the eastern part as their capital. In the past month, however, the main Israeli argument is the rejection of the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and the Islamist group Hamas. "We will not negotiate with an entity that is formed by a terrorist group that does not recognize the State of Israel," Netanyahu said.

The affirmative answer to Abu Mazen to the French proposal to corner Netanyahu again on the international scene. After his public confrontation with Obama two weeks ago, Israeli Prime Minister knows that refusing to Sarkozy's initiative, one of his most important friends in Europe, will have a very high price.

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