Wednesday, 28 September 2011

NEGOTIATION AFFAIRS DEPATMENT

 Palestine Liberation Organization                                                   ـ  ا ـا ـ 

    Negotiations Affairs Department                                                        توا نو ةاد 

       Negotiation Support Project                                                         توا د عو 
                                                                
 

     LEGAL BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF RECOGNITION OF THE STATE OF PALESTINE 

 

INTRODUCTION 

The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination in a sovereign state of their own on the 
1967 borders has been universally recognized by the international community. For two decades, the 
PLO,  the  legitimate  representative  of  the  Palestinian  people,  has  undertaken  to  achieve  these 
national  aspirations  peacefully  through  negotiation  with  Israel.    However,  Israel’s  refusal  to  halt 
illegal settlement activity is endangering the very viability of the two-state solution.  This compels us 
to take the path Israel took more than 60 years ago by seeking international recognition of the State 
of Palestine. 

Palestine meets the legal criteria for statehood.  The fact that it has yet to establish effective control 
over all of its territory is a result of the continuation of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank, 
including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, in violation of international law and the right of the 
Palestinian people to self determination.  This fact should not impede international recognition of 
Palestine.  Rather,  it  provides  the  very  reason  why  the  international  community  must  uphold 
international law and facilitate Palestinians’ exercise of self-determination by recognizing Palestine 
and admitting it as a state into the United Nations and other international organizations.  

The  State  of  Palestine  remains  committed  to  negotiating  a  peaceful  resolution  to  the  conflict 
between it and Israel.  It will also continue to cooperate with Israel in security and civil matters as it 
has done throughout the almost two decades of negotiations with Israel.  It will do so on the basis 
of sovereign equality. 

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