Arafat: Palestinians prepared for ceasefire with Israel under foreign monitoring
Palestinians are ready for a ceasefire with Israel, but only if foreign observers were in the Mid-East region to monitor the process, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said in an interview published in Moscow Thursday.
"Even now we want to cease all hostilities with Israel. But we cannot do (so) without foreign monitors who would watch over such a treaty’s implementation,” Arafat told the Russian Izvestia daily.
However, the Palestinian President also restated his condemnation of Israel’s terror and occupation of the occupied Palestinian territories, charging Israel with "violating the UN resolutions and the roadmap plan’s conditions".
Meanwhile, Arafat even indicated that groups such as Hamas would be welcomed in the Palestinian government.
"The government is open to all who are ready to act for the Palestinian people’s sake and for the sake of peace. We welcome all who fight Israeli occupation and terror," Arafat added. (Albawaba.com)