Mahmoud Abbas: Palestine is no longer bound by the Oslo Accords

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said the Palestinian Authority (PA) cannot abide by the Oslo agreements with Israel any longer due to the Tel Aviv regime’s continued illegal settlement activities in the occupied territories.

    Abbas made the remarks in an address to the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York in Wednesday.

    The Oslo Accords are a set of agreements signed between the Israeli regime and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1993 and 1995. The pacts marked the start of the Oslo process aimed at resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and fulfilling the right of the Palestinians to self-determination.

    Elsewhere in his remarks, the Palestinian president emphasized that Palestine deserves full membership and recognition as a state at the UN.

    Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the besieged Gaza Strip, and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.

    Israel, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.

    On November 29, 2012, the General Assembly voted to upgrade Palestine’s status at the UN from “non-member observer entity” to “non-member observer state” despite strong opposition from Israel and the United States.

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