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Abbas: We are ready to set up Palestine state on 22% of mandate land

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas called on the international community to compel Israel to comply with its legal obligations regarding international resolutions, saying he is ready to set up a Palestinian state on only 22 per cent of historical Palestine.

UN Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine Riyad Mansour spoke on behalf of Abbas in the special meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

The Anadolu Agency reported that the statement included the PA’s readiness to resolve the conflict with Israel in accordance with the international resolutions and set up a Palestinian state on only 22 per cent of historical Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The statement also mentioned that as part of the resolution, a just solution for the refugees should be found in accordance with the UN resolutions.

“The time has come to find the political will in order to work seriously for achieving the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the independence of the Palestinian state on the bases of 1967,” Mansour said.

Adding: “The State of Palestine had, through the Arab Group, presented a draft resolution to the Security Council to set a timeframe for ending the Israeli occupation.”

“The State of Palestine continued to act with utmost responsibility to serve its people and uphold its legal obligations and international commitments. It had stood ready for decades to reach a solution to the conflict, and despite diminishing hopes and a dangerous situation on the ground; it remained committed to the two-state solution. “

Abbas called for stopping all Judaisation measures in East Jerusalem and the actions aiming at changing the Christian and Islamic Palestinian identity of the holy city and to refrain from attempts to divide Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The special meeting was held ahead of the International Day, observed annually on November 29 to mark the date in 1947, when the General Assembly adopted a resolution partitioning Palestine into two States, one Arab and one Jewish.

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