PNA PM addresses attendants with a warning:
"Hope is fading away and Israel is to blame"
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei reiterated his rejection of unilateral approaches to solving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, urging peace camps on both sides to accelerate their efforts because "danger today is what we face today much more than hope. The hope of our people is fading away because of the Israeli policies."
Deteriorating humanitarian conditions for the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and the absence of a negotiations process have continued to influence the working environment for the Palestinian Peace Coalition/ Geneva Initiative.
Such a situation has forced us to work on two parallel tracks hoping to achieve our objectives. One track refers to changing people's mindset in a way that promotes the principles of a negotiated settlement as opposed to the unilateral track being suggested, yet not implemented so far, by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
The State of Israel (hereinafter "Israel") and the Palestine Liberation Organization (hereinafter "PLO"), the representative of the Palestinian people (hereinafter the "Parties"):
Reaffirming their determination to put an end to decades of confrontation and conflict, and to live in peaceful coexistence, mutual dignity and security based on a just, lasting, and comprehensive peace and achieving historic reconciliation;