EXCLUSIVE: Self-determination ‘not negotiable’ says Palestinian negotiator ~ David Hearst, Middle East Eye, Tuesday 16 December 2014.
JERICHO, West Bank – Palestinian self-determination contained in the resolution to be put to the UN Security Council is non-negotiable, the chief negotiator for the PLO Saeb Erekat told Middle East Eye. He said Israel would have to recognise Palestine as a sovereign and independent state before the PLO agreed to land swaps.
“Why is Israel using every canon they have to stop a Security Council resolution calling for a two state solution? I mean, I am supposed to negotiate [an] Israeli withdrawal – not my self-determination,” Erekat said. “My self-determination is not negotiable. It’s called self-determination, not Israel’s right to have Palestinians or not have Palestinians determine their future.”
The PLO chief negotiator continued: “Settlements are illegal. Once they recognise me [the negotiator] as a Palestinian state, once I become sovereign, sovereign nations…
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