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Abbas reiterates commitment to two-state solution in meeting with Chilean president

May 10, 2018 3:30 P.M. (Updated: May 12, 2018 2:36 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has reiterated the position that his government is seeking future peace negotiations that are based solely on a two-state solution.

Speaking at a press conference alongside Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in Santiago, Chile, Abbas told journalists his government would only consider future peace negotiations that are based on existing international resolutions, forming a two-state solution along the 1967 borders; a plan he submitted last year to the United Nations Security Council that was adopted by the latest Arab summit in Saudi Arabia.

“I am looking forward to the day when the suffering of six million Palestinians who have been living for 70 years as refugees in many countries across the world, would end in accordance with the Arab peace initiative, and the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194, in order to achieve peace, security, and stability in the region.” Abbas said.

During the speech, Abbas stated that Jerusalem has been an occupied territory since 1967 and is the capital of the State of Palestine, open to believers of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

According to officials, Abbas briefed his Chilean counterpart on recent political developments in the region, specifically contested developments involving the US' move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as well as the relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem.

The plan submitted last year calls for an international peace conference based on international resolutions, the creation of an international mechanism that assists negotiations on both sides to resolve existing status issues according to the Oslo Accords, and to achieve full admission and recognition as an independent state to the United Nations.

During address to the United Nations in September, 2017, Abbas stated the need for a two-state solution, noting that Israel’s rejection of the two-state solution risked “entrenching a system of apartheid” in Israel and the occupied territory. However, there have been a number of Palestinian activists criticizing the two-state solution as unsustainable, and unlikely to bring peace given the existing political context, proposing instead a bi-national state with equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians.

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