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Arab League FM’s reject US 'deal of century' plan

Arab League foreign ministers reject US 'deal of century' plan to establish Palestinian state in Gaza Strip

Zeynep Hilal Karyağdı   | 22.04.2019
Arab League FM’s reject US 'deal of century' plan File Photo

CAIRO 

Arab League foreign ministers on Sunday stressed that they rejected any kind of peace plan which does not respect the rights of the Palestinian people.

The Arab League foreign ministers said in a final declaration that they rejected any kind of peace plan which does not respect the rights of the Palestinian people, at the end of the discussions at the extraordinary session in Cairo.

Referring to the U.S. plan, dubbed the “Deal of the century”, to establish a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip, the declaration added that without giving the legal rights of the Palestinian people, these kinds of plans will never bring comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East.

The rights, as explained, were listed as Palestinian people's aspirations to re-establish their independent state on the lines of June 4, 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital, compensation for Palestinian refugees and releasing the captives.

The declaration also called on Palestinian groups to establish national reconciliation and hold elections as soon as possible.

- 'Netanyahu does not believe in peace'

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "does not believe in peace" in Arab League’s extraordinary meeting.

Claiming that Netanyahu could not find a Palestinian partner, Abbas offered him a real peace based on international legitimacy.

He also accused Israel of entirely breaching international resolutions including Oslo Accords and Paris Economic Protocol since 1947.

He also criticized the U.S. that the President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, relocating the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 

*Gozde Bayar from Ankara contributed to this story

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