Syria-Based Palestinian Groups Suspicious of New Round of Peace Talks

Published December 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

By: Nabil Al Mulhem - Damascus 


The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) has called on the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to adopt a new approach regarding the implementation of UN resolutions on the establishment of peace in the Middle East. 

The group, based in Damascus, reminded the PNA of a recent statement issued by Palestinian Islamist and Nationalist groups in the West Bank and Gaza that rejected the call for a resumption of the “futile” negotiations with Israel. It cited its “condemnation of any attempt to return to the situation that existed before September 28, 2000, calling on the PNA to halt such harmful contacts and any security coordination with the Israeli enemy.”  

The DFLP, in a statement from Damascus issued Tuesday, said that despite the position declared by the Palestinian groups, the PNA decided to send its negotiating team to Washington in a bid to resume the negotiations with Israel. 

The group said, “the disagreement between the Palestinian national groups that lead the Intifada and the PNA demonstrates that the latter had opted to take political decisions behind the back of the Intifada and the field-active groups. The PNA, the group said, had thus chosen to return to the policy of secret political and security talks, deals and negotiations which means a return to the secret ‘Oslo policy’, American pressures and Zionist expansionism.” 

A spokesman for the DFLP, earlier described as a ‘cheap political bribe’ a proposal by the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to increase the area of Israeli troop redeployment in the West Bank in return for a Palestinian pledge to abandon the right of return. 

The spokesman said Barak’s proposal was in harmony with the Israeli declared position in Camp David 2, and “coincided with the departure of the Palestinian Oslo delegation to Washington in violation of decisions and statements made by the Palestinian National Authority, the Islamic leadership of the Intifada, and the resolutions of the PLO central council. These groups have called for fresh negotiations to be based on international legitimacy and a national coalition.” 

Meanwhile, Fadl Shrouro, a spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s (PFLP) General Command, said the Damascus-based group opposed the resumption of the negotiations with Israel on the bases of the previous process of negotiations. He said developments in the Palestinian lands had created new realities on the ground with hundreds of people dead or wounded whose blood or handicaps cannot be the subject for bargaining. He said the demands and field program of the Intifada, which should be heeded, seek “unconditional defeat of the enemy through its troop withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza and a return to the 4th July borders.” 

Shrouru voiced his apprehension over the negotiations without elaborating, but said the group feared “things that take place below the (negotiating) table and not over it.” 



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