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Hawatmeh in a global dialogue with the Egyptian Al-Sharq Al-Awsat news agency
By: Iman Juma
April 22, 2014

We do not accept the extension of negotiations, except within the frame of reference of international resolutions

To internationalize Palestinian rights by signing the Statutes of Rome and to join the International Criminal Court to place Israel under the sword of isolation and international punishments

Our initiative to put an end to division with unprecedented mechanisms and implementation

The Secretary-General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Nayef Hawatmeh, insisted that the Front will not accept the extension of negotiations based on Kerry´s understandings, unless within the framework of the authority of the resolutions of international law and that there must be a collective international supervision by the 5 permanent member states of the Security Council and the United Nations. Furthermore, there must be no conditions or strings attached vis-à-vis the Palestinian people and its national institutions when returning to the UN organs in order to complete the steps for the internationalization of Palestinian national rights.

In statements to the press in Amman, on April 17, Hawatmeh said that “our joining international institutions means, in a clear language, the internationalization of Palestinian rights for the UN to act, with all its institutions, in the direction of solving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and to hold an international conference; afterwards, to apply a universal political isolation on the occupying force and to impose sanctions in order to force that state to implement UN resolutions¨.

He affirmed that the current negotiations that are scheduled to be concluded on 29 April have reached a deadlock because they occurred without the authority of international resolutions and without putting a stop to colonial activities, while Netanyahu tries to extend negotiations in order to create a cover-up for the process of intensified judaization of Jerusalem and the extension of colonialism throughout the West Bank and the Valley of the Jordan River on the Palestinian-Jordanian border.

He said that the US seizes negotiations alone, and this will not lead to a minimum result of respect for the rights of the Palestinian People represented by self-determination and the construction of a viable independent state along the borders of 4 June 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital and the solution for refugees by virtue of international resolution 194... Underlining, at the same time, that the trajectory conditioned by Israel, since the Oslo Agreements to this day, of “bilateral negotiations without an international framework and international hosting” will not be conducive to a balanced political solution that would end up in global peace.

He added that ¨we agreed to hold a new plenary session of the Palestinian Central Council on the 26th and 27th of the present month of April, in order to achieve a national consensus for not extending negotiations without the authority of international law and the total suspension of the activities of colonialist settlements in Jerusalem, the West Bank and on the Jordanian-Palestinian border in the Valley of the Jordan River that extends the length of 246 km¨.

He clarified that all the organizations of the PLO, besides those that are outside (Hamas and Islamic Jihad) agreed on the need to rectify the course of the negotiations and to join the Democratic Front and Palestinian liberal, democratic and national forces to work in a united and unified way with the aim of correcting the negotiating process, by virtue of the resolutions of international law.

About the end of the division between Al-Fatah and Hamas, Hawatmeh pointed out: ¨We have presented an unprecedented initiative with implementation mechanisms to put an end to division, without going into the small details that had confused the Palestinian people and all its national forces without exception¨, thus making evident that this division gives new weapons to Israel and the United States to exert pressures on the Palestinians.

He underlined that this initiative is welcomed by a majority of the Palestinian people, Palestinian organizations, mass unions and national personalities because it is brandished to start feasible, practical and concrete solutions directly; besides, it is elaborated on solid bases with implementation mechanisms… He affirmed that the previous attempts have taken up small, minimal issues between Al-Fatah and Hamas to put an end to a division that is now on its 8th year.

He indicated that this initiative determines to avoid going into detailed matters and to avoid linking the form of negotiations to putting an end to division in order to return to unity…. He insisted on the need to work towards a national consensus and to place the supreme national interests above the minimal things that have involved everyone in the division and in the media and political wars, apart from the imposition of conditions that hinder either one or the other.

He said that ¨our initiative is predicated on the immediate announcement of the resignation of the Hamas government to the Palestinian President and, on the second day, the government of the Palestinian Authority would present its resignation… and from the third day on, Abbas begins the formation of a government of agreement presided over by him, with independent personalities, and that this government would accept responsibility for the solution of pending matters produced by division, which caused a demolishing crisis that threatens the national project ¨.

He added that “President Mahmoud Abbas will be called, immediately after both governments present their resignations and a government of national convergence is formed, to convene the meeting of the Supreme Committee of the Palestinian Leadership (the provisional framework of PLO unanimously constituted by organizations by virtue of the Agreement of May 2011) to give approval to the new government and to agree on a chronological deadline to hold elections¨.

Hawatmeh continued: ¨Immediately after the meeting, Abbas is to issue two decrees. The first on should announce the name of the members of the recently formed government of national convergence and, together with this announcement, to convene elections with a new chronological deadline for all legislative and presidential institutions of the Palestinian Authority, besides the PLO institutions¨.

He stated that ¨we perceived in our brothers from Al-Fatah and all the PLO organizations, besides the Movement of the Islamic Jihad, that this initiative is insurmountable and has executive mechanisms that can pull the Palestinian project out of its crisis, while Hamas informed us that they would study it seriously… That is why we called Hamas again in order to receive the delegation, created on April 1st, in the wake of the meeting of the Palestinian leadership, to produce a dialogue with a view to put an end to division, by virtue of various initiatives, of different agreements and this initiative in particular¨.

Hawatmeh warned that “if we linked the negotiations and the end of division it would clearly mean a weakening of the Palestinian situation and an increase of Israeli banditry under the slogan (we do not know whom we will talk to nor with whom we will negotiate)” … He said that “everyone should work to put an end to division and for there to be only one Palestinian program of struggle, especially because the cause of our people is still detained without a solution for 66 years, in spite of all the resolutions of international law¨.

He welcomed the position adopted by the European Union with respect to the boycott of products from the settlements and the settlers, also the boycott of colleges and the University (of Ariel) because they are all built within the occupied Palestinian territories… This means that Europe supports the creation of a Palestinian state within the borders of 4 June 1967 and rejects the judaization of East Jerusalem; furthermore, they condemn it.

On the imposition of economic punishments on the Palestinian Authority –Hawatmeh, considered to be one of the major opponents of the Oslo Agreements, said-- that such punishments are the results of the Oslo and Paris Agreements and by virtue of the annexation of the weak Palestinian economy by the machinery of the strong and rich Israeli economy, affirming that Israel, by virtue of the Oslo Agreements, seized all the sea, air and land corridors of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, and this is one of the mistakes made by the Palestinian negotiating team at that time.

Again, the DFLP leader called on the need to annul the Paris Economic Agreement for the Palestinian economy to be able to grow and develop… Furthermore, he called on the boycott of Israeli products in the occupied territories, on the withdrawal of the Palestinian labor force that works in the settlements and to offer, necessarily, small and medium-size credits to those workers.

He said that ¨we should be taking serious steps for not allowing the Netanyahu government to continue on with its banditry”, while demanding, at the same time, that a stop be put to security coordination between the Palestinian and Israeli security apparatuses, besides completing the international steps to avoid Israeli state terrorism through its measures of organized punishments; he also expressed the need to follow-up the resolutions passed by the Kuwait Summit so that they do not stay hanging in the air.

He incited the Arab states to guarantee a network of material and monetary security for the Authority with the sum of US$ 100 million per month and to back Palestinians in the correction of the trajectory of negotiations, and to implement the resolutions of international and Arab law, because Netanyahu will attempt to sever the livelihood of Palestinians, something that no occupying state ever has the right to do, because it is a Palestinian right.


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