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PFLP calls for immediate withdrawal from talks

Sept. 30, 2010 8:55 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 1, 2010 2:56 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Thursday called on the PLO to withdraw from talks in the absence of a total end to settlement building.

The leftist faction rejected a two-month extension to the partial freeze on settlement building, which US President Barack Obama was reported to have suggested in a bid to save collapsing peace talks.

The PFLP said the extension was effectively supporting Israel's arrogance and encouraging the violation of international law, noting that settlement construction on occupied land is illegal in international law and violates the Fourth Geneva Convention.

All settlements are illegitimate and should be dismantled, including those in occupied East Jerusalem, PFLP said in a statement.

The Palestinian leadership's acceptance of a ban in issuing building permits as a substitute for rejecting settlements outright was a way of legitimizing settlements, and reversing the decisions of international law, the statement continued.

Calling on the PLO leadership to withdraw immediately from talks, PFLP said the national consensus was overwhelmingly against remaining in talks while settlement building continued. The group said the Arab League should take this into account in its meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas next week.

PFLP called on the Arab League follow-up committee to respect its previous decisions and to reject US and Israeli solutions which sought to legitimize settlement activity.

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