RAMALLAH, April 26 (Xinhua) -- The Central Council of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) convened on Saturday to discuss the fate of the Middle East peace process and the internal reconciliation with Hamas.
The 124-member PLO council, or the mini-PLO parliament, which is the second highest Palestinian political body after the Palestinian National Council (PNC), the PLO parliament in exile, is convening in Ramallah for two days.
The meeting is attended by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the PLO executive committee chairman, speaker of the PNC Salim Sa' noon and speaker of the council Tayseer Quba'a.
Abbas told the meeting that the Palestinians want to establish an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital on the territories occupied by Israel in 1967.
"Without Jerusalem there will be no Palestinian state, and the peace talks for us mean a political activity through which we want to get our rights," said Abbas.
He also said that the outcome of the direct peace talks, which went on for nine months, showed that "Israel doesn't see a permanent peace solution and doesn't want a two-state solution," adding that "Oslo peace accords signed with Israel in 1993 were transitional and not permanent."
After nine months of U.S.-sponsored peace talks with Israel, the talks went into a stalemate following dispute on releasing prisoners and freezing Israeli settlement activities for extending the talks for another nine months.
"We can't accept this situation and be under the Israeli occupation," said Abbas, adding "for more than a year and a half, President Barack Obama has failed to convince Israel to freeze settlement."
On Sunday, the PLO Central Council is expected to issue an official statement that will show the real Palestinian position concerning the peace process, the ties with Israel and the future of the Palestinian cause.