PA Official: Palestine will not Declare End to Conflict in Framework Deal
The Palestinians will refuse to sign a framework agreement that declares an end to the conflict with Israel, reported the Jerusalem Post, quoting Palestinian chief negotiator, Ahmed Qorei.
"We will only declare an and to the conflict when Israel implements the final peace deal," including an agreement on Jerusalem and refugees, he said.
Qorei said the Palestinians learned a lesson from the "bad experiences with the interim agreement," which Israel still hasn't fully implemented, although an agreement on its implementation was signed at Sharm e-Sheikh, said the paper.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak insists the framework for a final peace deal must state that the conflict is over.
Qurei said negotiations are meaningless unless Barak gives his negotiators a mandate to narrow the gaps, said the paper.
But he also warned that an early summit would end in failure and lead to frustration on the Palestinian street.
"There can be no negotiations without authorization [by the leaders]... if the Israeli negotiators have no mandate to take decisions, we should leave things up to the summit or to circumstances," he said, implying that the Palestinian people may opt for violence if no satisfactory agreement can be reached, added the paper.
He said the negotiators divide the talks into four main issues, Jerusalem, borders and territories (including settlements), refugees and security.
"Nothing real has been achieved on any of these issues," he said.
But Palestinian officials conceded that some progress was made on the territorial issue and security, according to the paper.
They also said productive discussion were being conducted on the issue of refugees, according to the paper - Albawaba.com
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