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PLO to set timetable to implement its decisions

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) delivers during his meeting with Palestinian senior leaders at the Presidency building in Ramallah, West Bank on 18 December 2017 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Member of Fatah Central Committee Mohammad Ishtia said yesterday that the PLO Central Council would set a timetable for its executive committee to implement its previous decisions, Al-Wattan Voice reported.

During a meeting with the senior leaders of the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s security services in Ramallah, Ishtia said PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the UN General Assembly would keep up with the agenda of the Central Council meeting slated for October.

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He said that Abbas would express the Palestinian suffering and state of despair among the Palestinian leadership as a result of the lack of an Israeli partner for peace.

“Today,” he said, “there is no political horizon as a result of the American measures and the absence of an Israeli partner.”

Ishtia said that the future strategy of the Palestinian leadership based on “reinforcing the persistence of the Palestinian citizens and breaking the status quo in order to end the occupation and establish the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital, return refugees and compensating them based on the UN resolution 194.”

There are currently two axis: one strives to end the occupation and establish the Palestinian state and the other, led by Israel, aims to fix the status quo, autonomy and separation of the Gaza Strip in order to fulfil the Israeli and American aspirations and undermine the establishment of the Palestinian state.

He concluded: “We did not see the text of the ‘deal of the century’, but we saw its content on the ground through the decisions taken by the US administration, including the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem, closing the PLO office in DC and halting aid to UNRWA.”

PLO delegation - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

PLO delegation – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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