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Abbas to declare end of Oslo II Accord at UN general assembly

Sept. 7, 2015 10:38 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 1, 2015 11:46 A.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas will tell the upcoming UN General Assembly that the Palestinian leadership is no longer bound by the Oslo Accords due to Israel's lack of commitment to the 1993 agreement, a PLO official said Sunday.

PLO Executive Committee member Ahmad Majdalani told Ma'an that the decision to no longer abide by Oslo II was drafted by a preparatory committee for the upcoming Palestine National Council (PNC) meeting and will likely be approved during the session scheduled for Sept. 14-15.

The move is based on agreements reached by PLO factions during previous Central Council meetings.

“The Palestinian leadership has decided to terminate the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip known as the Oslo Accords II, which was signed in Taba on September 28, 1995,” Majdalani said.

“In light of the lack of commitment by Israel, the Palestinian leadership has decided that it isn’t bound by the agreement anymore and president Abbas will announce that before the UN General Assembly.”

Future moves will be prepared by a PNC committee, he added, without providing further details.

The official provided no indication of what would become of security coordination between the PA and Israel, a key requirement of Oslo, although he said thatthe leadership in Ramallah has decided to make the PNC a Palestinian parliament and the PLO Executive Committee a Palestinian government.

The Oslo Accords were the first time Israel and the PLO officially recognized each other and stipulated the creation of an interim Palestinian government -- the Palestinian Authority -- to negotiate a framework for full Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank by 1998.

All fundamental final status issues, such as Jerusalem, borders, settlements, and refugees, were to be discussed after the five-year interim period.

Oslo II created Areas A, B, and C of the occupied West Bank.

The official visited Syria two days ago to meet with Palestinian factions who are not members of the PLO to explain the motivations for the upcoming meeting, saying that the session would challenge the Israeli occupation and was a response to Hamas' alleged talks with Israel "at the expense of internal reconciliation."

Around 26 participants from Syria will participate in the PNC meeting, he added.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command and the Popular Liberation Forces said they would boycott the meeting “but won’t take strict stances against decisions which emerge."
Outlier / USA
If he does, it means the end of the West Bank's Israel-supplied electricity and water. Abbas needs to think VERY hard before taking such a step.
07/09/2015 19:32
Tobias / USA
-1- Israel should do the exact same, "declare an end of Oslo Accord
at UN General Assembly", and further
-2- Israel should make clear to the UN General Assembly, that Israel is done assisting what the Oslo Accord creation, Palestinian Authority in Areas A-B and Gaza Strip in any way.
07/09/2015 19:34
Gary Katz / US
You can't declare a state and then retroactively claim you are occupied. Otherwise, Also, would this fictional "state" include Gaza? Who's the government of this "state?" Abbas, who is in the 10th year of his 4-year term? Or do we just wait for the civil war with Hamas?
07/09/2015 20:20
Joe Fattal / USA
@Outlier / USA But it also can mean that Israel occupation of the West Bank should end. With no water or electricity in the West Bank, means also no water and electricity for the Israeli forces to walk around the streets. They can't walk around with a flash light.
07/09/2015 21:49
JV / Canada
It's about time.
07/09/2015 22:21
Jon / USA
Israel says there can be no Palestinian state so what is the point of Oslo except to make the occupation easier on Israel. Israel has never been truthful or lived up to any agreement so why bother anymore with this pretense. It will take a major war or full time BDS to get Israel out of Palestine.
07/09/2015 22:42
Outlier / USA
Jon, to be exact, Netanyahu said there can be no Palestinian state. However, leaders (on both sides), attitudes and needs can and will change. Palestinian statehood will come, sooner or later.
08/09/2015 23:44
Lorraine / UK
Why would Israel agree to establishing a Palestinian state, evacuate territory and give territory away to radical Islamist. Who are fighting with each other to make attacks against Israel."
10/09/2015 08:16
Jon / USA
@Lorraine - Why did we give Germany back to the Germans, Japan back to the Japanese after WWII. Why did most colonial enterprises end? Why, because it was the right thing to do. Zionists don't seem to comprehend that human rights belong to all, not just Jews.
12/09/2015 01:43
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