Palestine no longer bound by Oslo peace deal with Israel

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Mahmoud Abbas. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas told the UN General Debate on Wednesday that his people will no longer be bound by the Oslo agreements of the 1990s, with Israel.

The Oslo agreement established a process that would eventually lead to the creation of a Palestinian state.

President Abbas declared that Palestine was a "state under occupation" and they would start implementing their declaration, by all legal and peaceful means.

Matthew Wells reports.

In his speech to the UN General Assembly, President Abbas said that the terms of the Oslo Agreement of 1994, and subsequent agreements with Israel, had been undermined by successive governments.

Speaking through an interpreter, he declared that as long as Israel failed to abide by the letter of the agreements, the Palestinians had "no choice" in his words, but to consider the terms redundant:

"We therefore declare that we cannot continue to be bound by these agreements and that Israel must assume all of its responsibilities as an occupying Power, because the status quo cannot continue and the decisions of the Palestinian Central Council last March are specific and binding."

He said that the Palestinians could no longer tolerate the status quo, but they would not resort to violence, in disengaging themselves from past peace accords with Israel.

President Abbas said their implementation of what is, in effect, a declaration of withdrawal from previous accords, would begin immediately, but move forward using purely legal and peaceful means.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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