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No Partner for Peace

Interview with Mustafa Barghouthi

Saturday 20 October 2007

Palestinian Legislator, secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, Dr. Mustafa Marghouthi, stated on Friday that Israel is trying void fundamental issues from the negotiations agenda, and that it is interested in causing failure to the upcoming peace conference.

Dr. Barghouthi stated that the issues of Jerusalem, refugees, dismantling the settlements and the Annexation Wall are among the core issues of any peace talks, and that such issues cannot be voided.

He added that the ongoing illegal settlement activities and the daily invasions and attacks are direct indications that Israel is attempting to sabotage the upcoming conference in the United States before it is held.

Dr. Barghouthi added that there cannot be any peace agreement if it is not based on the resolutions of the international legitimacy, and if this agreement does not end the occupation and achieve liberation to the Palestinian people.

Furthermore, he said that any agreement should also include the right of return of the Palestinian refugees.

“If it better for everybody to wake up, and realize that right now, there is no peace partner in Israel”, Dr. Barghouthi said.