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Palestinian left-wing parties urge Abbas to declare failure of peace talks

English.news.cn   2014-03-16 01:33:45

RAMALLAH, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Four Palestinian left-wing parties on Saturday urged President Mahmoud Abbas to declare failure of the peace talks with Israel on the eve of his visit to the White House to hold talks with U.S. President Barack Obama.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Democratic Front to Liberate Palestine, the Peoples' Party and the Palestinian National Initiative Party called on Abbas in a joint communique to withdraw from the peace talks with Israel and apply to the United Nations instead.

"Accepting the plan of (U.S. Secretary of State John) Kerry to sign the framework peace deal is like committing a suicide, and this plan has many dangerous consequences on the Palestinian cause and our people's legitimate rights," the communique said.

The four left-wing parties, of which two are members of Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee, said that they are planning to organize rallies and protests in the Palestinian territories to call for protecting the stable and unchangeable rights of the Palestinians.

Earlier on Saturday, Abbas flew from Jordan to the United States. He is scheduled to visit Washington and hold talks with President Obama to discuss the current situation and the results of the peace talks with Israel.

The U.S.-mediated peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians were resumed in late July. Kerry gave the two sides a nine-month ultimatum to finalize their talks, overcome their differences and sign on a framework peace agreement that leads to a permanent peace agreement.

Majdi al-Khaldi, an advisor to Abbas, earlier said that Abbas and Obama will meet in the White house on Monday to thoroughly review the progress in the peace negotiations which will end in April.

Al-Khaldi said that President Abbas hopes his meetings with Obama "will yield positive results that would lead to comprehensive peace with Israel."

Abbas's meeting with Obama comes after the latter's talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington two weeks ago. Israeli media said that Obama did not exert pressure on Netanyahu.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian source said that Obama and Abbas are expected to deeply discuss terms of the framework peace plan, adding that "it is more likely that Obama will ask Abbas to extend the ongoing peace talks."

But last week Palestine Liberation Organization announced that it will not accept to extend the U.S.-backed peace talks.

The U.S. peace plan tackles final status issues including the borders of the future Palestinian state, Palestinian refugees, security and the contested status of Jerusalem, claimed by both as their capital. However, peace talks have not witnessed any as grave differences on core issues.

The left-wing groups insisted that "the only way to achieve just peace in the region is an Israeli recognition of the Palestinians' legitimate rights, an end of the military occupation of the Palestinian territories which began in 1967, and establishing the independent Palestinian state."

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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