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Palestinian Leader Abbas in Brazil Right After Peres and Just Before Ahmadinejad

Mahmoud Abbas Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) has arrived in Brazil this Wednesday night. He already had dinner with Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and starting today should be received by several authorities.

According to information disclosed by the ambassador of Palestine to Brasí­lia, Ibrahim Alzeben, president Abbas will speak, during his meetings, about bilateral relations and the Brazilian support to the Palestinian cause.

Abbas should be in Salvador, Bahia, on Thursday and Friday, and in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, on Saturday and Sunday. In Bahia, the president of Palestine should meet with president Lula and with Foreign Minister Celso Amorim and should sign a cooperation agreement.

According to Alzeben, the agreement should cover several areas, from agriculture to sports. In Bahia, Abbas should also meet with governor Jacques Wagner and with the Palestinian community.

Brazil is aiming to play a more active part in the peace process between Israel and Palestine and the PNA hope for the emerging nations to participate in negotiations. Last week, the president of Israel, Shimon Perez, met Lula in Brazilian capital Brasí­lia. To the Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riad Malki, this shows the importance that both parties in the conflict grant to Brazil.

Last Saturday, Malki had a meeting in Ramallah, in the West Bank, with Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce president, Salim Taufic Schahin. He said Lula may present some new idea to unbar negotiations. The process has been halted and there is lack of credit among the Palestinians regarding the Israeli government’s will to reach a peace agreement.

The PNA has launched a plan to strengthen the economy and the institutions in Palestine over the coming two years to guarantee the bases for creation of an independent state. If an agreement with Israel is not reached, the Palestinians plan to ask the United Nations Security Council for the declaration of independence of the occupied territories.

In Porto Alegre, meetings are scheduled with the governor of the state, Yeda Crusius, with the mayor of state capital Porto Alegre, José Fogaça, and at the Legislative Assembly. There should also be a meeting with the Palestinian community, strongly present in the state. According to ambassador Alzeben, the president of Palestine should also, as part of his trip, visit other countries in South America, like Chile and Argentina.

For its plan to strengthen the economy, the PNA wants the assistance of the Palestinian and Arab communities abroad. Next year, the promotion of a conference is scheduled to take place in Brazil, for the presentation of projects in the occupied territories. The objective is to foster business partnerships aiming at making the enterprises possible.

There are currently no precise figures regarding trade between Brazil and Palestine, as a large part of imports reach the Arab country through Israel. Palestine, however, buys Brazilian products like granite, sweets and wooden doors.

The country has a population of around four million people and its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is mainly based on the service sector. The area answers to 79% of the GDP, agriculture has 8% and industry 13%.

Abbas, also called Abu Mazen, was inaugurated in the presidency of Palestine in 2005. He has a bachelor in law and a Ph.D. in History and was, together with Yasser Arafat, one of the founders of Fatah, the political faction that currently runs the West Bank.

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  • sage

    vinny
    hamas was the legally elected govt of all palestine. abbas is a puppet created to
    suit israel & the western powers, who did not like the ‘free & fair’ election outcome.

    yes brasil has something novel & practical to contribute to a peace plan – its’ called
    injecting impartiality & fairness as a substitute for us/european hipocracy.

  • VinnyCarioca

    Palestine?
    [quote]There are currently no precise figures regarding trade between Brazil and Palestine, as a large part of imports reach the Arab country through Israel[/quote]
    Which Palestine is being discussed here? :

    Gaza (Hamas) [quote]”There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”
    “Today, Rome is the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital, which has declared its hostility to Islam, and has planted the brothers of apes and pigs in Palestine in order to prevent the reawakening of Islam.
    “I believe that our children, or our grandchildren, will inherit our jihad and our sacrifices, and, Allah willing, the commanders of the conquest will come from among them”
    “Rome would become an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread though Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, [/quote]…… including Brazil …..[quote] even Eastern Europe”.[/quote]

    West Bank (Fatah): Article 22: [quote]”Opposing any political solution offered as an alternative to demolishing the Zionist occupation in Palestine, as well as any project intended to liquidate the Palestinian cause or impose any international mandate on its people.”
    Article 12: “Complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military, and cultural existence.
    Article 19: “Armed struggle is a strategy and not a tactic, and the Palestinian Arab People’s armed revolution is a decisive factor in the liberation fight and in uprooting the Zionist existence, and this struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished and Palestine is completely liberated.”
    Article 17: “Armed public revolution is the inevitable method to liberating Palestine.”
    Article 23: “Maintaining relations with Arab countries À¢€¦ with the provision that the armed struggle is not negatively affected.”
    Article 8: “The Israeli existence in Palestine is a Zionist invasion with a colonial expansive base, and it is a natural ally to colonialism and international imperialism.”
    Article 7: “The Zionist Movement is racial, colonial, and aggressive in ideology, goals, organization, and method.”

    Article 24: “Maintaining relations with all liberal forces supporting our just struggle in order to resist together Zionism and imperialism.”[/quote]
    This article of the Fatah Charter is very significant because it is the antithesis of the Hamas Charter which doesn’t care if you support them or not.

    [quote]Article 4: “The Palestinian struggle is part and parcel of the world-wide struggle against Zionism, colonialism, and international imperialism.”
    Article 25: “Convincing concerned countries in the world to prevent Jewish immigration to Palestine as a method of solving the problem.”[/quote]

    I did not even mention Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, Islamic Jihad, or any other entity that Israel sits in between of, and, is not interested in a “peace plan”. The sad part is …the fractional entities of Palestine do not even get along with each other.
    How does (besides the complete repeal of the U.N Partition Plan coupled with every Israeli packing up and moving to wherever) that portend for the prospects for any kind of “peace plan”?
    Does Brazil have anything (novel or practical) to contribute to a Peace plan?

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