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Khaled: PFLP will not attend Palestinian National Council meeting

March 21, 2018 at 4:38 am

Palestinians gather to attend a rally marking the anniversary of the founding of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in Rafah, Gaza [Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency]

A  member of the Political Bureau of the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Laila Khaled confirmed that the Front will not participate in the Palestinian National Council (PNC) meeting scheduled for April, 30th in the city of Ramallah.

“It is not possible to convene the Palestinian National Assembly with its current structure because its legal term ended long time ago and it is not possible to use the old structure to face the current needs” Khalid told Al-Resala news site from the Jordanian capital of Amman.

Khalid stressed that there is a national consensus among most factions and national forces on the need to convene a unified national council, noting that the council should not meet only to change people in the Executive Committee.

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She explained that holding the National Council in this form will perpetuate the division, stressing that the Popular Front will not accept that the PLO becomes a contributing factor in the division.

“The dispute between Hamas and Fatah should not affect the entire PLO” she said.

The Palestinian National Council includes Palestinian representatives from Israel, the occupied Palestinian territories and the diaspora, however, it does not include representatives from Hamas or Islamic Jihad.