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Source: PLO/Palestine
30 May 2004

Statement by the PLO Executive Committee

Ramallah, 30/5- The PLO Executive Committee and representatives of the Palestinian factions held a meeting chaired by President Arafat, in which, the latest developments were reviewed.

The Palestinian Leadership saluted our people in all places and its steadfastness facing the Israeli aggressions, particularly, in Rafah and El Zeitun neighborhood and all villages, cities and refugee camps. The Palestinian Leadership also praised the solidarity between our people, our Arab brothers’ support, the relief efforts of the UNRWA, Red Cross and the World Bank.

The Palestinian Leadership praised also the stance of the Quartet, Arab and Islamic countries, the Non-Aligned Movement, Latin American countries and all freedom lovers in the world condemning the Israeli aggression against our people. The Palestinian Leadership particularly praised the Egyptian stance and serious efforts to rehabilitate Palestinian security apparatus, to implement the Road Map and to stop the Israeli criminal practices against our people. President Arafat praised, on behalf of the Palestinian Leadership, the Arab Summit resolutions. The Palestinian Leadership reiterated its commitment to the national stance to put an end to the circle of violence and its willingness to implement its commitments to resume negotiations and implement the Road Map, according the time line agreed upon and under international supervision and the Quartet’s monitoring.

The Palestinian Leadership reiterates the following:

First: Any Political process or any conditions to alienate the democratically elected leadership is not acceptable under all democratic, legitimate, legal and national standards.

Second: the consecutive plans announced by Sharon confirm he is not serious and continues deceiving and maneuvering.

Third: the Palestinians Leadership reiterates its readiness to impose the rule of law in the areas from which the Israelis withdraw.

Fourth: The Palestinian Leadership reiterates that the Israel non-commitment to the signed agreements and the continuation of the aggression, the segregation wall and settlement represent a direct violation of the Israeli commitment in the Road Map and a violation of all international and humanitarian laws.

Fifth: The Palestinian Leadership calls upon all Arab and international parties to send troops to protect our people and to monitor the implementation of agreements in order to achieve the vision of the Quartet and President Bush and all international resolutions.

Sixth: the Palestinian Leadership reiterates its determination to hold legislative, presidential and municipal elections. President Arafat called for a serious preparation for the elections of local governments this year. The Palestinian Leadership called on the Quartet and brotherly countries to help guarantee the appropriate environment for the general elections to be held on scheduled date.

Seventh: President Arafat confirmed that he has issued orders to increase teachers’ salaries

Eighth: The Palestinian Leadership discussed all measures to impose the rule of law and the participation of all PA services and national and Islamic forces in solving internal problems and tensions.

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