Tuesday, Aug. 04
Latest News
  1. Kerry in Qatar to assure Gulf allies over Iran deal
  2. Yemen rebel chief says ready for political settlement
  3. Turkey's Erdogan says Putin may 'give up' on Assad
  4. Israel president threatened over 'Jewish terrorism' comment
  5. Iraqi Kurdish leader vows to avenge Yazidis
  6. Turkey vows 'whatever necessary' in fight against militants
  7. 'Hundreds' of Gulf Arab troops enter Yemen's liberated Aden
  8. Kerry in Qatar to assure Gulf allies over Iran deal
  9. Teen stabbed at Gay Pride march dies as pressure mounts on Israel
  10. Kerry pledges support for Egypt in Cairo talks
  11. UAE to try 41 on charges of seeking 'caliphate'
  12. Two Turkish troops killed in 'PKK suicide attack'
  13. Iraqis protest over poor services, salty tap water
  14. Exiled Yemen PM makes symbolic Aden visit to lead restoration
  15. New Taliban leader calls for unity in ranks in first audio message
  16. Iraqi Kurdistan leadership says PKK should leave
  17. Kerry lands in Egypt on first leg of Mideast tour
  18. Iraqis protest over poor services, salty tap water
  19. Dozens dead as Syria army 'pushes back rebels near regime heartland'
  20. Yemen PM returns to Aden from Saudi exile

Erekat: UN bid to aid two-state solution

Oct. 16, 2012 12:38 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 17, 2012 7:30 P.M.)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- PLO official Saeb Erekat said Tuesday that all countries seeking to achieve peace based on the two-state solution should vote in favor of the Palestinian bid for non-member status at the United Nations.

During a meeting with Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota and US general consul Michael Ratney, Erekat said the UN draft resolution emphasized the illegality of settlements and noted that an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories should be based on 1967 borders.

PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi on Monday met with the Brazilian foreign minister and the Brazilian representative to the PA Ligia Maria Scherer.

"It is inspiring to know that Brazil continues to stand with us and has recognized our state with East Jerusalem as its capital since 2010," Ashrawi said during the meeting.

She thanked Brazil for its pledge to donate $15 million over three years to UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, a PLO statement said. "This represents a genuine commitment to the universal principles of justice and humanity and the reaffirmation of Brazil’s standing as an even-handed mediator for peace," Ashrawi said.

The PLO official briefed the Brazilian delegation on the situation in Palestine.

"With the escalation of settlement activities in and around Jerusalem and in Area C, the continued annexation of Palestinian land and natural resources, the construction of apartheid walls, recurrent settler attacks of terror on Palestinian villages and farms, Israel is thwarting all efforts to resume talks and to honor its obligations under international humanitarian law."

BRIC support 'essential'

Ashrawi emphasized the importance of support from Brazil, and its counterparts in the BRIC group -- Russia, India and China.

"In light of the US monopoly over the peace process, it is essential that Brazil and the rest of the BRICS countries encourage support from the international community to back Palestinian initiatives to seek membership at the UN. Multilateral engagement is essential and the application of international law must be enforced," Ashrawi said.

US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice told the Security Council on Monday that the UN bid would "jeopardize the peace process and complicate efforts to return the parties to direct negotiations."

There have been no direct peace talks with Israel since 2010, when the PLO refused to resume negotiations unless the Israeli government suspended illegal settlement building in occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The president of the 193-member UN General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, has said the bid to upgrade Palestine's status will likely be debated in mid-November, after the US elections.

Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015