PLO to drop land swap formula from talks 16Nov11 November 16, 2011

Gulf News  -  14 November 2011

Ramallah: The Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) announced on Monday that it will very soon drop the “land swap” formula, which the it branded as a grave mistake that was included in any agreement with Israel.

Speaking to Gulf News, Tayseer Khalid, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, said that the formula was only mere talk by Israelis and mediators. “We have never signed an agreement with Israel, which states any shape of land swap formula,” he added. “Land swap formula is a heresay in the track of negotiations,” he said.

The Palestinians should have reached agreements on the borders and arranged for the withdrawal of Israeli troops and handled the other core issues before the land swap formula is addressed, he said. “It is time for this mistake to get corrected,” he stressed.

Khalid also said the PLO believes that the recent setback at the UN Security Council was not the end of the road for the leadership and that other moves are on the PLO agenda.

“We will seek a non-member state status for Palestine at the UN General Assembly as per the European proposal (Sarkozy Plan),” he said.

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