Saturday, September 04, 2010

Marwan Barghouthi: Unity trumps peace talks

Ma’an News Agency, 04/09/2010

RAMALLAH (Ma’an/Agencies) — Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti told Reuters that Palestinian infighting should be the current priority, and not peace talks, which he said were destined to fail.

In an article published Thursday, the Fatah member – well known for his political stance on unity between parties – Barghouti said he supported negotiation in principle, but explained via written response to Reuters questions that Palestinians had only agreed to direct peace talks now under foreign pressure.

“These negotiations are destined to fail, as happened in the past two decades,” Barghouti said, adding that “the alternative to failed negotiations is not more of the same.” A view contrary to negotiators, who have said they would continue with talks “even if there was a one percent chance of success.”

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