Gulf & Middle East
Palestine ready for two-state solution talks
May 2, 2007 - 7:16:30 PM

Ramallah, May 2 - Palestinian leadership is capable and ready to engage in peace talks with Israel based on two-state solution, a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization - said Wednesday.

Yasser Abed Rabou, who is also a senior aide to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, stressed that any results of the future Israeli-Palestinian talks would be put for public referendum.

Abed Rabou made the remarks during a meeting with Yossi Beilin, chairman of the Israeli leftist party Meretz-Yahad.

He reiterated that President Abbas of moderate Fatah is responsible for peace negotiations with Israel according to Mecca agreement signed between Islamic Hamas and secular Fatah on Feb 8.

For his part, Beilin hoped that the Arab states could play a different role compared with their previous role in helping achieve regional peace.

He acknowledged that President Abbas was 'a positive factor that must be used in establishing a peace process' in the region, but termed Iran, Al Qaida and Hamas that leads the Palestinian government as 'negative factors threatening the peace process.'

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