Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is reportedly looking into canceling the Oslo Accords and the economic and security agreements related to them.
This marks the first time the Palestinian leadership has debated canceling the Oslo Accords since they were signed in 1993, London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat reported.
Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said that canceling the Oslo Agreement is “on the negotiating table” in light of “the Israeli denial of the peace process,” Israel Radio reported.
Another PLO executive committee member, Wasel Abu Yousef, told al-Sharq al-Awsat that the leadership has not reached a consensus on the issue and that it will resume discussions on the topic after Abbas returns from UN General Assembly meetings in New York, which begin Tuesday.
Rabbo told London-based al-Quds al-Arabi that the process of rejecting the Oslo Accords would involve canceling the peace agreement and finding an alternative to push Palestinian causes forward.
The first Oslo accord, the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, established the PA in 1993. It tasked the Palestinian body with governing and overseeing administration in the West Bank. The agreement was meant to last for a five-year period, at which point a final-status negotiation was to be concluded.
Oslo II, The Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, was signed in 1995.
The permanent or core issues of dispute between Israel and the Palestinians — Jerusalem, refugees, settlements, security, and borders — were not resolved in the interim accords, and were to have been resolved in a final-status agreement.