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Abbas Emphasizes Two-State Solution

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5 Apr 09 | PTV

Mahmoud Abbas has said that Israel must accept the creation of a Palestinian state and stop settlements in order to reopen stalled peace talks.

The acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas, in the first visit of a Palestinian official to Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion, said at a joint press conference with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani on Sunday that the Palestinian stance remains the same as before on a two-state solution.

“We call on the new Israeli government (of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) to recognize the two-state solution, stop building settlements and remove all obstacles from the West Bank to allow the Palestinians to resume dialogue and reach a solution with the new government,” he said.

Abbas said he discussed the Arab peace initiative, explained the steps Palestine will implement to apply the peace initiative and the means to deal with the new Israeli government to the Iraqi president.

“We expressed our concerns to the Iraqi president including Palestinian unity and dialogue. We hope that Palestinian unity will be achieved as fast as possible because without it there will be no political progress,” he said and added, ‘We also have Iraq’s support’ in this process.

Abbas said he also discussed the issue of Palestinian refugees stranded on the Iraqi-Syrian border.

Abbas said he expressed his gratitude to the Iraqi president for his country’s dealings with Palestinians. He also thanked the Iraqi government for the attention that it gives to the Palestinian people in Iraq. “It considers them part of Iraqi society, and we consider them in safe hands,” said Abbas.


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5 April 2009 at 5:13 pm

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