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President Abbas: United States ineligible to impose peace solution

July 1, 2018 6:08 P.M. (Updated: July 4, 2018 12:10 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a speech on behalf of Foreign Affairs Minister and regarding the Palestinian cause from the occupied West Bank district of Ramallah on Sunday.

President Mahmoud Abbas said in his speech that during the past two decades, the Palestinian National Authority (PA) has constantly worked on a solution to achieve peace in attempt of guaranteeing the realization of the most basic human rights of the Palestinian people, which are undermined on a daily basis by Israel.

In his speech on behalf of Foreign Affairs Minister, Riyad al-Maliki, President Abbas called on the African Union to review relations with other states and racist political regimes on the political front. He also recognizes the African Union as fellow comrades to the Palestinian people, who have shown justice for the freedom of people in the African continent.

The Palestinian cause, which has been and always will be the essential key to achieving international peace and security, is capable, with its political momentum and international solidarity, of preventing any schemes opposing human rights and other political issues.

During the speech, President Abbas stressed that the United States administration, which agreed to remain outside the international consensus to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict, but declared its decision on Jerusalem, to be recognized as the capital of Israel, is in favor of legitimizing the Israeli occupation over East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

He added that the US administration showed lack of respect for the struggles and rights of the Palestinian people struggling for independence, self determination, and basic human rights. Therefore, the United States is not morally or politically qualified to impose a “peace” solution or demand to pass any deal.

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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