By Ahmed Qurie
With new talks within the center East Peace method approximately to start, the shadows of past negotiations fall seriously throughout all concerned. during this strong and soaking up testimony, one in all prime figures of the Oslo talks, former major Minister Ahmed Qurie (‘Abu Ala’) takes us in the back of closed doorways and contained in the negotiating rooms of Wye River, Stockholm and Camp David, the place the phrases of peace and a Palestinian country have been sketched out, argued over, and at last misplaced. higher than existence figures emerge from the mins of those dramatic meetings-- published the following for the 1st time. Qurie recounts either the Israelis’ intractability and the dynamic contained in the Palestinian camp with candor and perception. This quintessential first-hand account offers a totally new standpoint at the background, matters and personalities that might ensure the way forward for the center East.
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When I returned there in 1994, I found it unchanged, with a complete absence of development and no modernisation. The same tragedy has befallen all Palestine’s towns and villages. Sharon: We should change these things. Our people pay for the services they receive, such as sanitation and power. Electricity corporations lay down the infrastructure, but the consumers pay for it. Abu Ala: We can do the same, but you have to lift restrictions so we can acquire the financial resources we would need. Sharon: You can go to donor countries for grants or loans.
However, the progress of the Palestinian Authority is IBT004 - Beyond Oslo:Layout 1 1/8/08 12:20 Page 39 Netanyahu as Prime Minister 39 predicated on the end of occupation and cooperation over security. The advent of the present Israeli government has placed this project in doubt and has held up the developments that were scheduled. There is a wide gap at the moment between the Israeli government and us, because Israel has the power on the ground and can impose its will on all issues. It imposes closures upon us and can freeze the implementation of the agreement.
The first encounter between us went beyond mere familiarisation. On the other hand, it stopped short of real negotiation. The formal exchanges of politeness were kept short, and we ranged over many substantive issues. The IBT004 - Beyond Oslo:Layout 1 1/8/08 12:20 Page 30 30 Beyond Oslo, The Struggle for Palestine meeting had no prearranged agenda, and we observed no diplomatic formalities. In fact, at the opening of our conversation at least, the atmosphere could be said to have been antagonistic.