RAMALLAH, January 10, 2012 (WAFA) – PLO Executive Committee member and Palestinian lawmaker, Hanan Ashrawi, Tuesday stressed to Quartet representative, Tony Blair, that unless Israel refrains from all illegal settlement activities and commits to 1967 borders, the Palestinian people will not return to negotiations, said a statement released by her office.
During Ashrawi’s meeting with Blair, she emphasized that the failure to hold Israel accountable is thwarting the possibility of any future Palestinian state.
“With its stepped-up illegal settlement campaign and continued efforts to create facts on the ground, Israel is undermining any and all efforts to stimulate peace,” she said.
Ashrawi called on the Quartet to hold Israel accountable, demand that it cease and desist all settlement activities and support the Palestinian peaceful diplomatic efforts to achieve a viable, independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital
“The Quartet must learn from the mistakes of the past and change its current course of action before it is too late. Such efforts must include terms of reference, legality and unyielding objectives,” said Ashrawi.