The Aqaba Summit:
Statement by Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas
(June 4, 2003)
I would like to thank King
Abdullah for hosting our meeting here today. I would like also to
thank President Mubarak
and King Abdullah, King Hamad and Crown Prince Abdullah, who met in
Egypt yesterday. I thank them for their statements supporting our efforts.
I also would like to thank the Israeli prime minister,
Sharon, for joining us
here in Jordan. And many thanks especially to President Bush who took
the longest journey for peace of all of us.
As we all realize, this is an important moment. A new
opportunity for peace exists, an opportunity based upon President Bush's
vision and the quartet's
road map which we have accepted
without any reservations. Our goal is two states, Israel
and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. The process
is the one of direct negotiations to end the Israeli/Palestinian conflict
and to resolve all the permanent status issues and end the occupation
that began in 1967 under
which Palestinians have suffered so much.
At the same time, we do not ignore the suffering of
the Jews throughout history. It is time to bring all this suffering
to an end.
Just as Israel must meet its responsibilities, we,
the Palestinians, will fulfill our obligations for this endeavor to
We are ready to do our part. Let me be very clear:
There will be no military solution for this conflict, so we repeat our
renunciation and the renunciation of terrorism
against the Israelis wherever they might be. Such methods are inconsistent
with our religious and moral traditions and are a dangerous obstacle
to the achievement of an independent sovereign state we seek. These
methods also conflict with the kinds of state we wish to build based
on human rights and the rule of law.
We will exert all of our efforts using all our resources
to end the militarization of the intifada
and we will succeed. The armed intefadeh must end, and we must use and
resort to peaceful means in our quest to end the occupation and the
suffering of Palestinians and Israelis. And to establish the Palestinian
state, we emphasize our determination to implement our pledges which
we have made for our people and the international community, and that
is the rule of law, single political authority, weapons only in the
hands of those who are in charge of upholding the law and order, and
political diversity within the framework of democracy.
Our goal is clear and we will implement it firmly and
without compromise: a complete end to violence and terrorism. And we
will be full partners in the international war against terrorism. And
we will call upon our partners in this war to prevent financial and
military assistance to those who oppose this position. We do this as
a part of our commitment to the interests of the Palestinian people
and as members of the large family of humanity.
We will also act vigorously against incitement and
violence and hatred, whatever their form or forum may be. We will take
measures to ensure that there is not incitement emanating from Palestinian
institutions. We must also reactivate and invigorate the U.S.-Palestinian-Israeli
We will continue our work to establish the rule of
law and to consolidate government authority in accountable Palestinian
institutions. We seek to build the kind of a democratic state that will
be a qualitative addition to the international community. All the PA
security forces will be part of these efforts and will work together
toward the achievement of these goals.
Our national future is at stake and no one will be
allowed to jeopardize it. We are committed to these steps because they
are in our national interests. In order to succeed, there must be a
clear improvement in the lives of Palestinians. Palestinians must live
in dignity. Palestinians must be able to move, go to their jobs and
schools, visit their families and conduct a normal life. Palestinians
must not be afraid for their lives, property or livelihood.
We welcome and stress the need for the assistance of
the international community, and in particular the Arab states, to help
us, and we also welcome and stress the need for a U.S.-led monitoring
Together, we can achieve the goal of an independent
Palestinian state, sovereign, viable, in the framework of good neighbors
with all states in the region, including Israel.
Thank you very much.
Post, (June 4, 2003)