Erekat: US administration policies pushed the peace process to a standstill

The policies of the US administration have pushed the possibility of a comprehensive and just peace to a dead end, the PLO's executive secretary Saeb Erekat said on Sunday.

In a press statement following his meeting in Ramallah, Erekat accused a delegation of professors of 28 American and European universities of the American administration of breaking international law and international legitimacy in its decisions on the Palestinian issue.

He considered that "the practices of the American administration and the Israeli government aim to replace negotiations with dictates and destroy the principle of two states in favor of continuing occupation under the apartheid system."

"The international community supports the vision of President Mahmoud Abbas, which he presented before the Security Council on 20 February 2018 and based on international law and international legitimacy, which guarantees the end of the Israeli occupation and the embodiment of the independence of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital," he said.

For its part, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said that the elements of the administration of US President Donald Trump, and his team "continue in a systematic and intended to repeat their positions and statements and statements against the Palestinian people."

In a statement, the ministry referred to the repeated statements made by US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman about Israel's right to build settlements. The US envoy to the peace process, Jason Greenblatt, speaks of rejecting the term settlements and that the US peace plan does not use the two-state solution.

And considered that these statements aimed to "impose recognition of the changes brought about by the occupation on the Palestinian land as a fact must be recognized, especially in the field of settlement construction and deepening, and to drop the status of occupation of Israel from the international political culture."

The Foreign Ministry condemned this "colonialist plan of the Palestinian cause, in light of Washington's implementation of the Israeli occupation plans and the ruling right in Israel in flagrant violation of international law, UN resolutions, international peace agreements and signed agreements."

The Palestinian Authority has been politically boycotting the administration since Trump announced the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017.


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