|Israel Resource Review
||5th December, 2006
Fateh Central Committee Hails Abbas' Efforts to Form National Unity Gov't
WAFA - PLO news agency
[Abbas had a choice to make: Israel or Hamas. He has made his choice]
Fateh Central Committee hailed Monday President Mahmoud Abbas for his true efforts to form a national unity government which are aiming at ending the current crisis faced by the Palestinian people.
The Committee held today a meeting, headed by President Abbas, in Gaza in
which its members discussed a number of issues including the siege imposed
on the Palestinian people.
In a statement issued following the meeting, the Committee called upon the
Quartet to lift such the siege and resume aiding the Palestinian people.
It also called for putting the decision of the Arab countries to break siege
into effect, condemning Israel for not transferring the tax revenues it
collects on behalf of the Palestinian National Authority.
The Committee called on Hamas leadership to abide by the international, Arab
and Palestinian legitimacies.
It also affirmed that the announced calm should be extended to the West
The Committee asserted that the reason behind the end of the national
dialogue on forming a unity government was Hamas' inflexibility and its
rejection of the Arab, international and Palestinian legitimacies, affirming
that Fateh is all ready to support the formation of a government that would
help end the sufferings of the Palestinian people and enrich the Palestinian
It stressed it has no preconditions on the issue of forming a government
that would help lift the siege and sanctions, announcing it will support
initiatives calling for ending the current crisis.
Following examining the recent statements by the Israel Prime Minister, Ehud
Olmert, the Committee stressed that just and comprehensive peace is the
option of the Palestinian people, calling for resuming the peace talks
between the Palestinian and Israeli sides on the basis of the international
legitimacy's resolutions: "242, 338, 149, 1515 and 1397," which stressed on
withdrawing the Israeli forces from the lands occupied in 1967 and
establishing an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as a capital.
The Committee asserted that the PLO is ready to start negotiations with the
Israeli side on the final status issues, rejecting the ideas of partial
solutions or establishing a state with impermanent borders because "this
will not help make peace."
It also said that the prisoners' issue is one of its top priorities,
affirming it will save no efforts to until all the Palestinian prisoners are
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