Palestinians: UN Resolutions should be Basis for Camp David Talks

Published July 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Palestinian leadership insisted Friday that existing UN resolutions should form the basis for Middle East peace talks at a tripartite summit at Camp David, due to start next week. 

A row has erupted between the Palestinians and Israel after Israel's Attorney General, Eliakim Rubinstein, stood intransigent on his view that two UN Security Council resolutions, key planks of the Middle East peace process, did not oblige the Jewish state to give land to the Palestinians. 

A statement by the Palestinian cabinet, issued after its meeting in Ramallah Friday, said that the talks during the tripartite summit "must be based on the international resolutions 242 and 338. It's a question of principle and the Israeli party has no other choice but to accept, if it wants to ensure the success of this summit. 

"The Palestinian people who have chosen the path of a just peace, hope that this tripartite summit will lead to the implementation of blocked accords by the Israeli government," said the statement published by the Palestinian WAFA news agency. 

"The Palestinian people want to recuperate all their land including Jerusalem. They want the retreat of Israel to the lines of June 4 1967, the application of resolutions 242 and 338 as well as resolution 194 on the return of refugees and the dismantling of settlements," the cabinet statement said. 

Rubinstein had said that Resolutions 242 and 338 -- which respectively called on Israel to pull out of territory it occupied in June 1967 and to start peace talks -- do not oblige it to hand land to the Palestinian Authority because no such body existed when the United Nations passed the resolutions - RAMALLAH (AFP) 

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