By Ahmed Qurie
With new talks within the heart East Peace procedure approximately to start, the shadows of past negotiations fall seriously throughout all concerned. during this robust and soaking up testimony, one in all top figures of the Oslo talks, former best Minister Ahmed Qurie (‘Abu Ala’) takes us at the back of closed doorways and contained in the negotiating rooms of Wye River, Stockholm and Camp David, the place the phrases of peace and a Palestinian kingdom have been sketched out, argued over, and finally misplaced. greater than lifestyles figures emerge from the mins of those dramatic meetings-- published the following for the 1st time. Qurie recounts either the Israelis’ intractability and the dynamic contained in the Palestinian camp with candor and perception. This integral first-hand account presents a totally new standpoint at the background, matters and personalities that might ascertain the way forward for the center East.
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Last time, I told you why we wanted them. We could go together to see where they are to be. Abu Ala: I come back to my question, are these zones meant to be for the final status or during the transitional phase? And are these zones meant to be temporary and for a limited time? Sharon: The zones are intended to be part of the final status. We need to define the status of the zones. Cultivators in the zones could carry on farming the land. I have explained the Israeli government’s position and my personal position, and there are two possibilities.
Abu Ala: Once we have agreed the ideas and principles, everything will be possible. I am talking about joint projects and not an infrastructure intended to divide the land. We have accepted the partition of Palestine, and we cannot now accept the partition of the West Bank. Sharon: It was you who rejected the UN partition resolution. Abu Ala: Last time, we lost. This time, we shall both lose. We do not want to argue about who won and who lost. I just want to explain to you the frustration we feel.
If we agree on the principles, all else is detail. IBT004 - Beyond Oslo:Layout 1 1/8/08 12:20 Page 44 44 Beyond Oslo, The Struggle for Palestine Sharon: What about the Interim Agreement? We do not know whether you want to do this in three small stages after which we talk about the final status, or one stage after which we move straight on to the final status negotiations? Abu Ala: What do you prefer? Sharon: We do not know what you want for the final stage. Abu Ala: We want to discuss this issue.