Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyadh Al-Maliki said on Monday that 24 years of negotiations with the Israeli occupation “have not achieved anything,” Safa news agency has reported. He made his comments during a meeting with Britain’s Minister of State for Middle East Affairs, Alistair Burt MP, in Ramallah.
“We have persuaded the international community that the best way to reach a state is negotiations,” said Maliki, “but after 24 years of negotiations we did not achieve anything.” He called for the international community to provide an answer to this problem through active intervention and imposing peace by establishing a Palestinian state and granting the Palestinians their rights, mainly the right to self-determination.
The two ministers also discussed the US efforts to resume negotiations prior to the visit of an American delegation scheduled for the end of August to achieve the same result. In this regard, Maliki called for the right-wing Israeli government to give up its occupation mindset and adopt the two-state solution as a strategic choice.
He asked Britain to support the Palestinian demands in international forums. The world community, he insisted, should not only condemn the Israeli occupation verbally, but also with practical measures. Israel, said the Foreign Minister, is immune to such condemnation.