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No More Solo Mediation: Abbas

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Palestinian president says ‘biased’ U.S. can no longer be sole mediator of Middle East peace process

The Palestinians will no longer accept the United States as the sole mediator in the Middle East peace process, their president Mahmud Abbas said on Thursday, accusing Donald Trump’s “biased” administration of undermining a two-state solution.

Speaking a day after the U.S. president said he favored a two-state solution to end the conflict between the Israel and Palestinians and revealed he would unveil a new peace plan within months, Abbas said Trump could not be regarded as a neutral broker.

“We will also not accept sole American mediation in the peace process,” Abbas said in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly, saying the U.S. president had shown that he was “biased” toward Israel since coming to power.

“This administration has reneged on all previous U.S. commitments, and has undermined the two-state solution, and has revealed its false claims of concern about the humanitarian conditions of the Palestinian people,” the Palestinian Authority president said.

Abbas in particular criticized Trump’s decisions to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, his order to close the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington and to cut off aid funding, including to a U.N. agency that supports millions of Palestinian refugees. “All such decisions threaten the Palestinian national cause and constitute an assault on international law and relevant United Nations resolutions,” said Abbas. “It is ironic that the American administration still talks about what they call the ‘deal of the century.’ But what is left for this administration to give to the Palestinian people? Humanitarian solutions?”

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