The Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) has called on Denmark to support the Palestinian Authority's decision to go the UN this month in order to obtain full membership as a state within the June 4th 1967 borders considering the step a 'corrective move' for the Palestinian cause.
Yesterday, Dr Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestinian Executive Committee and the Chairperson of the Department of Culture and Information for the PLO, met with a Danish Foreign Ministry delegation headed by Claus Grube, the Danish Permanent Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
During the meeting held at the PLO headquarters in Ramallah Dr Ashrawi stated that "going to the UN is a corrective move which places the Palestinian cause within its proper context. It is a responsible and constructive step toward the establishment of a peace based on pluralism and the international law."
She drew attention to the fact that Israel has used the two decades of bilateral negotiations to perpetuate its occupation and as a cover to evade accountability. She also said that a return to the same course would lead only to deadlock and that the prospects for peace would be at risk. As such, this move toward the UN provides an alternative means which contributes to restoring hope and preventing collapse and the eruption of violence as a consequence of Israeli unilateral and illegal practices. This includes continued settlement activity alongside other serious violations of international law. It also aims to address the serious shortcomings of the peace process."
Dr Ashrawi emphasised "the natural and legal right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and legitimate Palestinian rights, including their right to exercise sovereignty, to establish a democratic state along the 1967 borders, and the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees in accordance with UN Resolution 194."
Source: Quds Press