Ab­bas calls on SA to help with sanc­tions

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - JANET SMITH

PALES­TINE Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas wants South Africa to lead the ac­cep­tance for in­ter­na­tional guide­lines on the sanc­tions and boy­cott cam­paign against Is­rael.

Speak­ing at the John Makha­tini diplo­matic guest house in Waterk­loof Heights, Pre­to­ria, yes­ter­day, Ab­bas and his chief ne­go­tia­tor, Saeb Erekat, spoke warmly of their re­newed ties with this coun­try after Ab­bas’s State visit to South Africa this week.

They re­it­er­ated the pow­er­ful role South Africa could play in as­sist­ing Pales­tine to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion, em­pha­sis­ing the role of boy­cotts. Ab­bas said he had raised the is­sue in his dis­cus­sions with the ANC gov­ern­ment, which also saw the sign­ing of three new agree­ments to add to the six in place be­tween the two coun­tries.

The Pales­tinian lead­ers praised the Boy­cott, Di­vest­ment and Sanc­tions (BDS) or­gan­i­sa­tion, which is be­hind the cam­paign to com­pel Wool­worths to stop buy­ing food­stuffs from Is­rael and the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries. THE COM­MEM­O­RA­TION of the first an­niver­sary of the death of Nel­son Man­dela will start with a wreath-lay­ing cer­e­mony at the Union Build­ings in Pre­to­ria on This week, a court or­dered Wool­worths and BDS to en­ter into talks with each other over their con­flict.

“They are the plat­form and glue with their sin­gle fo­cus over this one is­sue,” said Ab­bas.

Ear­lier this week, Pales­tine’s Min­is­ter for For­eign Af­fairs, Dr Riad Malki, em­pha­sised in an in­ter­view with The Star that Pales­tine would be look­ing at “ways to im­prove, de­velop and deepen” the re­la­tion­ship with South Africa.

“We will sit to­gether to see how South Africa could lend a hand to us to achieve free­dom and in­de­pen­dence. This is some­thing South Africa com­mit­ted it­self to, even un­der Nel­son Man­dela, who said the free­dom of South Africa is not com­plete with­out the Pales­tini­ans. We would like to walk hand-in-hand with you.”

On Wed­nes­day, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies and the South African Zion­ist Fed­er­a­tion met Ab­bas and Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to talk about Ab­bas’s views on a fi­nal peace set­tle­ment be­tween Is­rael and Pales­tine. De­cem­ber 5.

“Vet­er­ans of the Strug­gle for free­dom and those who fought side by side with

Ab­bas said it meant pur­su­ing a ne­go­ti­ated so­lu­tion aimed at cre­at­ing an in­de­pen­dent Pales­tinian state along­side Is­rael based on the 1967 bor­ders.

The Jewish lead­ers wel­comed Ab­bas’s com­mit­ment to a ne­go­ti­ated two-state so­lu­tion and said they sup­ported South Africa’s ef­forts at bring­ing Is­rael and Pales­tine to­gether.

See Page 37 Madiba against apartheid will be in­vited to lead the wreath lay­ing,” So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Batha­bile Dlamini said. “Mem­bers of the pub­lic are also in­vited to visit the site… to lay wreaths.”

South Africans would be asked to ob­serve a mo­ment of si­lence up to 10.03am. – Sapa

DIPLO­MAT: Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa pays a cour­tesy call on Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas.

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