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Minority of Sectarians Blocks Peace in Middle East, Says Brazil’s Lula

Abbas and Lula The president of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), Mahmoud Abbas, asked for support from the Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in order to reach an understanding with Israel. Abbas made the request to Lula in a press statement, this Friday, November 20, after a closed-door meeting with the Brazilian head of state at Museu na Misericórdia, in Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia.

Abbas arrived in Salvador this Thursday nighy and should remain in Brazil until next Sunday. Aside from the capital of Bahia, he should also travel to Porto Alegre, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

"We need your support and your help. You are internationally respected, appreciated and admired," said Abbas. He also stated that he acknowledges the efforts of Brazil and of other countries, such as India and South Africa, in the economic, human and political fields.

Lula, in turn, emphasized the need for a solution to the conflict in the region, and questioned the responsibility for the lack of an understanding. "If we were to have a worldwide poll, more than 80% of people would decide for peace in the Middle East," said Lula.

"I am certain that the people of Israel want peace, I am certain that the Palestinian people want peace, I am certain that the people of Iran want peace, that the people of the United States want peace, that the Brazilian people want peace.

It cannot be so that everyone wants peace, and yet the conflict persists. Those responsible for the conflict are a minority, sectarians, I would say, with reasons other than the best interest of the Palestinian and of the Israeli peoples," claimed Lula.

The Brazilian head of state stated that peace in the Middle East is of interest to humanity and therefore to Brazil. "The expansion of settlements in the West Bank must be stopped. The boundaries of the Palestinian state must be respected, and the Palestinians must be allowed to circulate with greater ease," said Lula.

He asserted that the country believes that an understanding will be reached, and that peace entails the establishment of a strong, cohesive Palestinian state, but also safety to Israel. "Brazil is on the side of those who prefer to dialogue," claimed Lula.

Abbas said that Brazil has offered a "loyal" support to Palestine and to peace in the Middle East. He said that the Brazilian experience, of peaceful coexistence between different colours, sexes and religions, is an example to the world.

He stressed that his country does not want violence, terror or war, and that if an understanding were to be reached, then the entire region would see much progress. "We are all sons of Adam, we are all human," stated Abbas. The Palestinian underscored Lula´s skills and the important role that he may play in the peace process.

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  • sage

    vinny
    hamas is only regurgitating the judaic ideology of – an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

    remember, it takes 2 hands to clap or to state newton’s 3rd law of motion – for every
    action there is an equal & opposite reaction.

  • VinnyCarioca

    “I am certain that the Palestinian people want peace”
    Do you mean the same Palestinians who voted overwhelmingly for Hamas in the 2006 Parliamentary elections?
    [quote]RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 26 — The radical Islamic movement Hamas won a large majority in the new Palestinian parliament, according to official election results announced Thursday, trouncing the governing Fatah party in a contest that could dramatically reshape the Palestinians’ relations with Israel and the rest of the world. [/quote]

    Hamas Charter:
    [quote]The principles of the Hamas are stated in their Covenant or Charter. Following are highlights.

    “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).

    “The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. “

    “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.”

    “After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying.”
    [/quote]

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