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Sunday, April 23, 2017

'There will be no Palestinian state without Gaza'

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said the "state of Palestine" bases its stance on international law and legitimacy, and sees the international community as responsible for enforcing the pre-1967 borders.
 
According to Erekat, the international community has a responsibility to solve the Israeli-Arab conflict.
 
This, Erekat claimed, is because it is "a fact" that the Middle East's security, peace, and stability depends on ending the fifty-year Israeli "occupation."
 
In a Ramallah meeting with representative of the European Union, Japan, and Russia, Erekat praised Europe, Russia, and Japan for their support of a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 borders in which Jerusalem serves as the capital city of both countries.
 
Regarding the internal Arab conflicts, Erekat stressed the importance of creating a "national unity government" which will adopt the PLO's policies and hold new elections as soon as possible.
 
Erekat claimed a unity government is essential since there cannot be an independent Palestinian state within Gaza, and there cannot be a Palestinian state which does not include Gaza.