The Orient House
Husseini to Meet with New European Presidency
Faisal Husseini, Executive Committee Member of the PLO in
Charge of Jerusalem Affairs, left for France and Sweden to
brief officials, including the foreign ministers on the state
of negotiations and Palestinian reservations over the new
Clinton proposal. Sweden
has recently taken the presidency of the European Union after
the six-month tenure of France.
Husseini will emphasize that only a settlement based on the
border of June the 4th 1967 and ensures a viable
Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital will be
acceptable to the Palestinians.
To demonstrate particular Palestinian concerns
regarding contiguity, the Palestinian definition of the holy
basin, securing an open city arrangement and Palestinian
economic interests in the city, Mr. Husseini will present
various maps and data from the Jerusalem Task Force (based at
the Orient House).
particular map will show the vital distinction between the
pre-1967 exposed Western Wall and the full length the Western
Wall as well as its potential impact on the eventual
Palestinian control of the Muslim Quarter. Mr. Husseini will
also warn of the dangers involved in continued Israeli efforts
to control sub-terrainian parts of the Old City and the
unhelpful use of land ratios in negotiations.
Husseini will also warn the officials of the dangers involved
in continued settlement expansion in Jerusalem including the
provocative settlement construction in Ras al-Amud and Jabal
Abu Ghneim. Dr.
Nazmi Jubeh, an expert on the Old City, is accompanying Mr.
Husseini on this visit.
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