Palestinian Central Council Considers Transition From Authority to State

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during the Palestinian National Council meeting in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank April 30, 2018

President of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) Salim Zanoun said Tuesday that invitations were sent out to all members of the Central Council to attend a session scheduled for mid-August in Ramallah.

Zanoun noted that the upcoming session would be held under the name of “the session of Martyr Razan al-Najjar” (a paramedic killed by Israel on the Gaza border), and would call for transferring the Palestinian Authority to a state.

In remarks to local media, he noted that invitations were also sent out to 10 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council affiliated with Hamas movement and that he was waiting for a positive response.

The session of the central council, scheduled for August 15, is expected to begin, with a comprehensive speech by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Member of the PLO executive committee Mohammed Majdalani said that the outcome of the session would mainly include decisions on defining the relationship with the occupation forces.

“The Central Committee will decide on the gradual withdrawal from all agreements signed with the occupation, including civil affairs and joint security arrangements, and the third track, in relation to the economic field at both the commercial and financial levels,” he said.

The meeting of the central committee is the first since the Palestinian National Council specified its powers in May.

The national council had announced that the agreements of Oslo, Cairo and Washington were no longer valid, stressing that the main current objective was the independence of the state of Palestine, entailing the transition from self-governance to the consolidation of sovereignty through a state.

Majdalani stressed that a report on the results of the dialogue with Hamas would be presented during the session, with the aim to determine the steps that would follow the handover of ministries in Gaza to the government of national accord.

(Source / 08.08.2018)

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