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Erekat: 'Trump closed the doors to peace'

Sept. 26, 2018 12:13 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 26, 2018 2:07 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat, said on Tuesday that United States President Donald Trump has "closed the doors to peace."

Erekat's statement came in response to Trump's speech at the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

"President Trump has confirmed that his administration has closed the doors to peace and cannot play a role in peacemaking by stating that his decision to move his embassy to Israel to Jerusalem, in violation of Security Council resolution 478, was a 'recognition of reality.'"

Erekat added "Rather, what his administration did, and continues to do, is to reward and incentivize violations of international law, colonization, war crimes and apartheid."

Erekat expressed displease by Trump's rejection of the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying that "his (Trump's) rejection of the International Criminal Court is a rejection of international law."

"It should be noted that Israel, the occupying power, did not implement any of the UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions. The reality today is that due to the one-sided pro-Israel decisions of the US administration, peace between Palestinians and Israelis have been derailed."

Erekat concluded "Peace is a real need for both Palestinians, Israelis and the people of the region, and can be achieved with the realization of the two states solution, the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, to live in peace and security side by side the state of Israel on the 1967 borders."

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