Palestinian Chief Lawmaker Proposes Peace Initiative

Published November 26th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

By Izzat Ramini - Ramallah 


Top Palestinian lawmaker, Ahmad Qorei, has proposed a three-point initiative to resume peace talks with Israel, according to a well-informed Palestinian source, who asked for anonymity. 

They said that the speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council suggested that the first item of the initiative should include a pledge by Israel to stop all settlement construction, confiscation of Palestinian lands, and opening roads within Palestinians areas. Israel should also declare its commitment to finding a negotiated settlement before a final solution is reached between the two sides. 

The first item also includes the release of all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, and that Area Bs (where the PA keeps administrative authority) be transformed into Area As (where the PA is totally responsible for security and administrative control). 

According to the sources, the first of Qorei’s initiatives also calls on Israel to end all measures that harm the daily life of the Palestinians such as the siege imposed on the territories, and the closure of international cross points and Gaza Airport, and to secure free movement for Palestinians and goods besides ensuring the public access to places of worship. The Israelis are also required to end the economic embargo, and pay the money they owe to the Palestinian Authority. 

They added that the second item discusses security arrangements between the Palestinians and Israel in a way that protects the Palestinians from “the daily violations in which the Palestinians are exposed to the hostility of the occupation troops and the settlers.” 

The third item, said the sources, dealt with a proposed international peace conference in which the UN, Europe, Russia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon will participate. 

The sources quoted Ahmad Qorei as saying that “without a comprehensive and mature peace initiative, the Palestinians and their leadership will not agree to the situation returning to the pre-September 29 status.” 

The speaker warned that unless Israel supports such an initiative, no peace efforts will succeed in ending the violence, and the Jewish state “will not be able with its military machine to triumph over the Palestinian will.”  



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