اجعلنا صفحة البداية RSS خدمة Add to favorite Facebook Twitter

Advanced

PLO leader: Hamas' Meshaal agreed to new humanitarian ceasefire
PLO to lobby UN if prisoners not freed on time
Published Tuesday 25/03/2014 (updated) 28/03/2014 15:20
Font- Font+
A girl from the occupied West Bank waves the national flag as she
and others wait close to the military prison of Ofer for the release of
prisoners on Aug. 13, 2013 (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
RAMALLAH (AFP) -- Palestinian leaders on Tuesday threatened to renew their diplomatic push at the United Nations if Israel fails to free Palestinian prisoners as scheduled this weekend.

When US-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace resumed in July, President Mahmoud Abbas agreed that for their nine-month duration he would shelve efforts to use the UN's November 2012 recognition of Palestine as a non-member observer to press for membership in international bodies where it could fight Israeli occupation.

In exchange for the diplomatic ceasefire Israel was to release 104 Palestinians imprisoned since before the 1993 Oslo peace accords between the sides.

It has so far freed 78 with the final batch due for release on March 29.

"We shall turn to the UN's international organizations if Israel does not release the fourth and final group of prisoners," said Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee.

"The release of the prisoners is in return for the freeze on seeking membership in international organizations," he told official Voice of Palestine radio.

Israel wants the so-far inconclusive peace talks extended beyond their April 29 deadline and ministers have warned that should the Palestinians refuse, the remaining prisoners will not be freed.

"If Israel were to refuse to free the fourth batch it would have serious consequences, including initiatives at the United Nations," former Palestinian negotiator Mohammed Shtayeh, said in a statement.

Israel particularly objects to the Palestinians' demand for Arab Israelis or Palestinian residents of Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem convicted of militant acts to be included in the release, even though both groups were included in a 2011 swap of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners for captive soldier Gilad Shalit.

A senior Palestinian official told AFP on the condition of anonymity that in recent talks with US special envoy Martin Indyk, Abbas warned that if the April 29 talks deadline was not met "Israel would be in violation of agreements and (the Palestinians) would have the right to turn to the UN and to take any measures it deems necessary."
Print
1 ) mictch / usa
25/03/2014 19:23
More demands

2 ) Tibi / Tubas
25/03/2014 20:22
The PLO can lobby the UN forever, but the UN can Not change Israeli policies, and even if it could the UN may even side with the State of Israel,
since the PLO did Not keep its negotiations promises either.

3 ) Tobias / USA
25/03/2014 20:26
The PLO wants Only Prisoners and Lands, but for far too long
The PLO has NOT wanted Peace or Compromise, such that now
The State of Israel is through giving Something For Nothing.

4 ) Outlier / USA
25/03/2014 20:51
Nice PR ploy, but unlikely to succeed.

5 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
25/03/2014 21:48
How disgusting. Palestinians refuse to negotiate for peace unless convicted murderers are released. The world does not need another Arab dictatorship built on human rights abuses - there are too many of them already.

6 ) Bemused / New Zealand
25/03/2014 23:21
Abbas should be ashamed of himself for using Palestinian prisoners and the Palestinian people's rights to protection from UN bodies as pawns in his fruitless pursuit of appeasing the voracious Zionist appetitie for the entirety of Palestine. Palestine has the RIGHT to its territory, as well as the RIGHT to membership of UN bodies and their protections, and Palestinian prisoners have the RIGHT to expect bettter from their putative leader.
Name Country
Comment
Characters
Note: Comments will be reviewed for appropriate content. Click here for more details.

Share/Bookmark

14 killed, more than 20 injured in north Gaza shelling
PLO leader: Hamas' Meshaal agreed to new humanitarian ceasefire
Army: Israel troops kill 5 Palestinian militants in Gaza gun battle

Close Next Previous
All Rights Reserved © Ma'an News Agency 2005 - 2014