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Abbas says two-state solution "cannot be held hostage to the will of the occupiers"

Calls on the EU not to maintain relations with any Israeli government that does not recognize this basis for achieving peace.

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Abbas says two-state solution "cannot be held hostage to the will of the occupiers"

Calls on the EU not to maintain relations with any Israeli government that does not recognize this basis for achieving peace

MADRID, 30 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -

The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmud Abbas, has affirmed that the two-state solution to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict "cannot be held hostage to the will of the occupiers" and has warned that this would imply "the abandonment of this solution".

"We underline the importance of recognizing the State of Palestine and supporting its full membership in the United Nations, as a sign of the natural right of the Palestinian people, similar to that of the rest of the peoples of the world," he said, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA. .

Thus, he has reiterated his call for the convening of an international conference with the aim of "putting an end to the occupation" and "resolving all final status issues", as well as approving "a package of guarantees" to apply these conclusions in a set period of time.

Abbas has pointed out that the ultimate goal should be the creation of the State of Palestine, with the 1967 borders and East Jerusalem as the capital, and has called on the international community to increase its pressure on Israel to "put an end to the occupation and stop its crimes".

In this sense, it has told the countries that have moved their diplomatic offices in Israel to Jerusalem --including the United States-- and those that have reached agreements with companies that operate in settlements in the West Bank that "these actions contribute to the suffering of the people Palestinian".

"They help reinforce the occupation of our land and do not contribute to peace, security and stability in the region," he lamented, before stressing that "we cannot expect the Israeli occupier, who supports the colonization and terrorism of settlers, keep up the aggression and the siege, the prisoner abuses, the withholding of the corpses of children, the destruction of houses and the displacement of children, get up one day and choose justice and peace".

He has also stated that the Palestinian authorities "will not abandon the culture of peace." "We will continue to maintain the peaceful popular resistance. We will not accept a future of walls, blockade, apartheid, oppression, hatred and colonialism", he maintained, before asking that International Law be respected.

On the other hand, it has asked the European Union (EU) and its member states not to maintain relations with any Israeli government that does not recognize the two-state solution as a basis for resolving the conflict, amid the efforts of the Likud leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, to assemble the new Executive after the legislative elections on November 1.

The Palestinian president has stressed that the Palestinian Authority "does not have a partner for peace" in Israel if "it does not believe in the two-state solution based on international legitimacy, on the agreements signed and on the renunciation of violence and terrorism". .

"We ask the EU and its member states not to interact with any government (in Israel) that does not recognize these principles and values," he said during a press conference with Latvian President Egils Levits, before advocating "the start of a dialogue to raise the level of the European-Palestinian Association Agreement".

"We affirm our commitment to build the institutions of our State based on the Rule of Law, the empowerment of women and youth, the creation of ties with civil society and the private sector, achieving national reconciliation and holding general elections as soon as possible. carry them out in East Jerusalem", he stressed.

Abbas's words come after the death of five Palestinians on Tuesday after being shot by Israeli security forces in several incidents in the West Bank, amid the upsurge in violence and tensions in recent months.

The United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, warned on Monday that "after decades of persistent violence, expansion of illegal settlements, inactive negotiations and deepening of the occupation, the conflict is reaching a boiling point again", which is why he advocated reinvigorating the negotiations for a peace agreement in line with the two-state solution.

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