Abed rabbo serious 224.88 aj.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
Most of the Palestinian officials who are participating in the US-sponsored
direct talks have been negotiating with Israel since the signing of the Oslo
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Some of them were with former Palestinian Authority leader
Yasser Arafat when he rejected then-prime minister Ehud Barak’s offer to end the
conflict at the botched Camp David summit in 2000.
For now, the new-old
team consists of:
• Saeb Erekat, head of the Steering and Monitoring Committee.
He negotiated the Oslo Accords with Israel and has served as chief negotiator
since 1995. In 1991, Erekat was deputy head of the Palestinian delegation to the
Madrid Conference and the subsequent follow-up talks in Washington.
Nabil Sha’ath, who served as the first foreign minister of the PA. He also
served as the Palestinians’ chief negotiator, minister for international
co-operation, planning minister and acting prime minister. He, too, was part of
the delegation to the 1991 Middle East Peace Conference in Madrid.
Yasser Abed Rabbo, a former member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of
Palestine who broke away from the Syrian-based group and moved close to then PLO
leader Yasser Arafat. His support for the two-state solution saw him establish a
new party called FIDA, the Palestine Democratic Union. Abed Rabbo is a
senior member of the PLO and is closely associated with the 2003 Geneva
Initiative. He was also involved in the Madrid peace parley.
Shtayyeh, a former managing director of PECDAR, the Palestinian Economic Council
for Development and Reconstruction that was established by the PLO after the
signing of the Oslo Accords. He was closely associated with Arafat and
serves as member of the Fatah Central Council. Until recently, he also served as
PA minister for public works and housing.