Palestinian leader Abbas denies plan to dissolve PA (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 04/16/12)
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Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas has no intention of dissolving the
Palestinian Authority, although it has been rendered largely
powerless by Israel, he told a newspaper on Monday.
In an interview published a day before a senior Palestinian
delegation is to deliver a letter from Abbas to Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Palestinian leader said breaking up
the authority he heads would not happen.
"There are many reasons which have contributed to the weakening of
the Palestinian Authority, but its dissolution is out of the
question," Abbas told the Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam.
In the letter, a copy of which was seen by AFP on Sunday, Abbas says
Israel´s actions have stripped the Palestinian Authority of
its "raison d´etre," creating a reality which cannot continue.
"As a result of actions taken by successive Israeli governments, the
Palestinian National Authority no longer has any authority, and no
meaningful jurisdiction in the political, economic, territorial and
security spheres," he wrote.
The letter will be personally delivered to Netanyahu by Palestinian
prime minister Salam Fayyad when they meet in Jerusalem on Tuesday,
said negotiator Saeb Erakat, who will be part of the delegation along
with Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation
An earlier draft of the letter had reportedly included threats to
dismantle the Palestinian Authority and turn the entire
responsibility for the occupied territories over to Israel.
But all such references had been removed, partly due to heavy US
pressure, the Haaretz newspaper reported earlier this month.
Netanyahu is also preparing his own letter for Abbas which will be
handed over by Israel´s chief negotiator Yitzak Molcho, when he meets
the Palestinian leader in the coming weeks.
Tuesday´s meeting will be the first top-level meeting between the two
sides since the peace process ground to a halt more than 18 months
ago in a bitter dispute over Jewish settlement building. (Copyright ©
2012 Agence France Presse. 04/16/12)
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