Thursday, October 14, 2010

Barghouthi: Declare Palestinian state immediately

Ma’an News Agency, Oct 13, 2010

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian National Initiative leader Mustafa Barghouthi called for the “immediate declaration of an independent democratic Palestinian state” on all territories occupied by Israel in 1967 in response to failed negotiations.

Speaking to reporters in Ramallah, Barghouthi proposed a set of initiatives to “surpass the intractable impasse in the so called peace process,” which he described as “meaningless and damaging” while Israeli settlement building continues.

The declaration calls on “all states, governments and international institutions recognize the Palestinian state and its borders immediately,” as well as lobbying the UN General Assembly to issue a recognition of the state on 4 June 1967 and “a demand that Israel end the occupation of its land, borders, airspace, and water resources, removing all illegal settlements from Palestinian territories.”

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