Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he is ready for peace negotiations with Israel if it halts the annexation plan for parts of the West Bank.
Abbas stressed, during a telephone conversation with the Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, according to what the official Palestinian News Agency reported, that negotiations should be conducted on the basis of international legitimacy, under the auspices of the International Quartet, with the participation of other countries.
Abbas congratulated Solberg on the election of Norway as a member of the Security Council from the beginning of 2021, and thanked Oslo for its political support for the two-state solution and rejected unilateral actions “because they violate international law”.
He also valued Norway’s role in its leadership of the Donors’ Conference from 1993 to the present and the economic assistance they provide to support Palestinian national institutions.
According to the agency, Abbas briefed the Norwegian Prime Minister on the latest political developments, especially with regard to Israeli annexation plans “Palestinian, Arab and international rejected.”
The agency quoted Solberg as reiterating her country’s position in support of achieving peace on the basis of a two-state solution, commitment to implementing international legitimacy decisions, and its rejection of any “unilateral measures taken by Israel as violating international law.”
Solberg stressed the importance of reviving the peace process, stressing that her country will continue its role in sponsoring the annual donors conference and supporting the Palestinian people to build their institutions and economy.
Meanwhile, the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization called on the international community to put in place practical mechanisms to pressure Israel to “stop its aggression and crimes against the Palestinian people and impose sanctions on them and boycott them.”
In a statement after a meeting in Ramallah, the Executive Committee called on the International Criminal Court to speed up its working mechanisms “in light of the continuing policy of occupation recklessness with all international laws and legitimacy.”
The committee renewed its rejection of “the continued attempts of the Israeli occupation authorities to impose a reality on the ground.”
She expressed firm adherence to “the decision of the Palestinian leadership on May 19, in which President Mahmoud Abbas announced that the Palestine Liberation Organization, in a solution of all agreements with the occupation and the American administration and any understandings in this direction, and not fragmented in any way.”
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