the end of the occupation
Date: 09 / 04 / 2007 Time: 09:56
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Former Palestinian prime minister and member of Fatah's central committee, Ahmad Qurei', has assured that the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) will remain the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people until the Israeli occupation ends and a Palestinian state is established on the lands of 1967.
Speaking to the London-based newspaper 'Al-Quds Al-Arabi', he stressed that the Palestinian Authority will not be the alternative to the PLO, especially as the PLO makes the Palestinian decisions. He denied any intentions to dismantle the PLO or its establishments.
The former prime minister added, "The PLO will remain the sole representative of the Palestinian people until the occupation ends."
He pointed out that he is going to travel with a Palestinian delegation to the Syrian capital, Damascus next week in order to begin talks with Palestinian faction leaders there in preparation for a dialogue conference to be held in the Egyptian capital, Cairo in this regard.
He added that his trip to Damascus is aimed at preparing for the Cairo meetings, whose date will be assigned in Damascus, he said.
Regarding whether he will meet with the head of Hamas' politburo, Khalid Mash'al, Qurei' said, "I will meet everyone."
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