Arafat, speaking to the Arab Monitoring Committee in Amman, on June 18, 2001: “The cease fire and all other security measures, agreements and meetings will not last if Israel does not halt its settlements, old and new, take immediate steps to stop its aggression, lift its military, economic and financial siege and its security blockade, open our international passes and engages in direct negotiations to bring an end to the Israeli occupation, eliminate Israeli settlements, let the Palestinian people build its independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, and solve the Palestinian refugee problem on the basis of UN resolution 194…”
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 19, 2001.
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