PFLP says Mofaz meeting 'against national interests'
Published Thursday 28/06/2012 (updated) 30/06/2012 12:36
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine on Thursday said President Mahmoud Abbas' upcoming meeting with Israel's vice premier would not serve Palestinian interests.
PLO official Saeb Erekat said Thursday that Abbas would meet Shaul Mofaz in Ramallah on Sunday, but insisted the two would not hold negotiations. "This is not a negotiation meeting," he told Voice of Palestine radio, adding that Mofaz had requested the talks.
PFLP leader Jamil Mizher said the meeting would lead to a resumption of useless negotiations which provide a cover for Israeli settlement expansion.
Mizher added that Israel sought the meeting to resolve internal leadership issues. The Palestinian leadership should prioritize national reconciliation and recognition of a Palestinian state, he said.
Meanwhile, the PFLP said in a statement that the meeting was in Israeli interests and not Palestinian national interests, which it said would be served by abandoning negotiations and focusing on national reconciliation.
The leftist party called for a reconciliation committee meeting involving all Palestinian factions to uncover the obstacles to reconciliation and form a comprehensive democratic partnership through general elections.