According to Dr Nabeel Shaath, a member of Fatah Central Committee and a key aid to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, this Palestinian new direction will be announced by the Palestinian president at the UN General Assembly this month.
"The Palestinians will be relieved from implementing central parts of the Oslo Accords which Israel violated," said Shaath who declined, however, to define those parts of the 1994 deal that was originally supposed to last for five years followed by the creation of a Palestinian state.
One of the key parts of the Oslo Accords is the security cooperation between Israel the Palestinian National Authority (PNA); Palestinian withdrawal from the security cooperation with Israel in implementation of an earlier decision taken by the Palestinian Central Council would lead to a problematic vacuum that need to be filled.
"President Abbas will give a clear message to the international community that Israel had not implemented anything of the 22-year-old Oslo Accords and that Palestine will just do the same thing," said Shaath.
There is nothing about it in writing," said Shaath, urging renewed regional and international efforts.
"The Americans believe that things are going on the wrong direction and the Palestinian territories will plunge into a new cycle of violence," he said.
He stressed that the Mideast Quartet should be amended to look like the P5+1 (six world powers) which sponsored the talks with the Iranians.
"The current Quartet set up is just a mere failure that should be turned into a real international framework to sponsor genuine talks," he said.
3. Nabeel Shaath (Fatah) - Minister of External Affairs
3. NABEEL SHAATH (FATAH) - MINISTER OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Born in Safad, Palestine in 1938, Dr. Shaath lived in exile and returned to the Gaza
Strip in June 1994.
He is married with four children.
Dr. Shaath previously served as the Minister of Planning and International
Cooperation, a position he held since 1994.
He was elected to the PLC in 1996
A long-time figure in Palestinian politics, Dr. Shaath has been a member of theFatahCentral Committee since 1971 and served as the Director of the PLO
Planning Center in Beirut.
In 1974, he headed the PLO's first delegation to the
In 1991, Dr. Shaath was a member of the Madrid Peace Delegation
and later was involved in negotiations with Israel that led to the signing of the Oslo
From 1993 to 1995, he served as the head of the Palestinian
negotiation team, and participated in later negotiations with Israel, including those
conducted at Camp David (2000) and Taba (2001).
He has also represented
Occupied Palestine at the World Economic Forum.
As a public planning and transportation consultant, Dr. Shaath worked extensively
throughout the Arab world, establishing both the Engineering and Management
Institute and the Center for Administrative Development, which offers management
training in 14 offices throughout the Arab world.
Dr. Shaath taught economics at the University of Cairo, the University of Alexandria
(Egypt) and the University of Pennsylvania from 1961 to 1970.
From 1969 to 1975,
he was the Dean of the School of Business Administration at the American
Dr. Shaath holds a Ph.D. in Law (University of Pennsylvania), a Ph.D. in Economics
and Administrative Science (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), an MBA
in Finance and Banking (University of Pennsylvania) and a B.A. in Business
Administration (University of Alexandria, Egypt).
Dr. Shaath is an avid piano player and enjoys reading poetry.
Profiles of Palestinian Leaders - Council on Foreign Relations
Nabeel Shaath.A longtime politician and negotiator, Shaath was deputy prime minister and minister of information in the Abbas government.He formerly served as minister of planning and international cooperation, as well as foreign minister under Qurei.A member of Fatah's central committee since 1971, Shaath worked with the organization in Beirut.In 1974, he headed the first PLO delegation to the United Nations.He was involved in the Oslo negotiations with Israel and headed the Palestinian negotiating team from 1993-95.He also took part in subsequent peace negotiations, including those at Camp David in 2000 and Taba in 2001.
Palestine: Britain must Atone for its Sins in Palestine
"We can learn from the South African struggle against apartheid that international activism works," said Nabeel Shaath, Fatah's commissioner for international relations.
"You don't really have to shoot in order to get your rights."
Mr. Shaath said it was "absolutely" a mistake for Palestinians to militarize the second intifada -- the 2000-2005 uprising that claimed about 4,000 Palestinian and 1,000 Israeli lives amid suicide bombings and Israeli military strikes.
"I have no qualms about telling you, yes, it was [a mistake]," Mr. Shaath said.
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