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Abbas: Withdrawal of Arab Peace Initiative not on summit agenda
Published Saturday 29/03/2014 (updated) 29/03/2014 16:47
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KUWAIT CITY (Ma'an) -- Despite remarks by officials that the 25th Arab League summit would consider withdrawing the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002, President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that the issue was not on the summit's agenda.

"I haven't asked for a withdrawal of the Arab Peace Initiative because I am convinced that it has positive elements for the Arabs, the Palestinians, Jews, Muslims, and the whole region," Abbas told journalists at the summit.

He said the only two alternatives to the initiative would be a continuation of the decades-long stalemate between Israel and Arab countries or for Arab countries to wage war against Israel.

He said the first alternative had already proved seriously damaging to the Palestinians, and that the second option was not viable.

Additionally, Abbas commented on the ongoing peace negotiations with Israel.

"We will not go ahead with peace negotiations unless our inalienable rights are guaranteed and we establish a state free of occupation on all lands occupied in 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital," he said.

The Palestinian Authority will continue to oppose recognition of Israel as a "Jewish state," he added.

An Arab official at the summit, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Ma'an Sunday that the Arab League was considering withdrawing the Arab Peace Initiative.

The initiative -- which calls for two states on the 1967 borders and a "just settlement" of the refugee issue in exchange for full normalization between Israel and the Arab world -- was largely rejected by Israeli officials after it was approved at the 2002 Beirut summit.

The 25th Arab League summit was held in Kuwait on Wednesday and Thursday.
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1 ) Learning From / Mistakes of Others
29/03/2014 16:24
Whether we call it a "Palestinian" or an "Arab Initiative", It is a "Peace" Initiative, like the Greek's "Trojan Horse", and Israel understands it thus, like the Trojans clearly should have !!

2 ) Refugees / Worldwide
29/03/2014 17:07
Abbas has no power , to go into negotiation you have to have some sort of power or a superpower backing you, russia took what belongs to her and none made a move other than sanctions. So abbas if you are stuck, transfer the equation to the inteligent palestinian people , your torch has run out

3 ) Either, Or / Realities
29/03/2014 23:06
An almost certain of defeat, and loss of territory, far worse than those of 1967 or 1973, makes it almost certain that the Arab states are NOT to "wage war against Israel", so * EITHER PALESTINIANS SURRENDER NOW (to Israel's peace/statehood terms: No 1967, No Jerusalem, & No Return), * OR PALESTINIANS ENDURE a "continuation of the stalemate" * FOR MORE DECADES TO COME.

4 ) Joseph Effiong / nigeria
30/03/2014 06:48
What Arab/muslim injected into the minds of palestinians is what is killing peace talk. Palestine should know that all these people that say, 'never agree' are living in their countries managing their business but they will tell you don't agree with israel. Who among them can confront israel on your behalf ? Why abbas can't reasoned ? Why not think and embrace peace .

5 ) Confused / USA
30/03/2014 23:42
I am confused. If the Palestinian situation is so bleak, why not offer an irresistible deal to Israel: A 3-year test period in which the PLA governs the West Bank without internal barriers and without Israeli intrusions, while leaving current borders and settlements temporarily in place. If 3 years of Arab nonviolence and peaceful coexistence follow, then with much greater mutual trust, move toward a permanent agreement.
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