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More on Annapolis: Francis Boyle on missing PLO and List of Invitees

Nov 23, 2007

My Dear Palestinian Friends:

As you can see from the US Government's list of Invitees [below] to the
Annapolis Conference, it has only invited the Palestinian Authority, not
the PLO. But only the PLO has the authority under international law to
negotiate on behalf of the Palestinian People and the State of
Palestine. That is why the Chairman of the PLO Yasser Arafat signed the
Oslo Agreement in the name of the PLO. The Palestinian Authority has no
authorization under international law to negotiate on behalf of the
Palestinian People, let alone the State of Palestine, whose Provisional
Government is the PLO Executive Committee.

Indeed, an entire series of UN General Assembly Resolutions have made it
clear that only the PLO is the sole and legitimate representative of the
Palestinian People. Hence this delegation of the Palestinian Authority
to the Annapolis Conference has no legal authority under international
law to conclude anything on behalf of the Palestinian People, let alone
the State of Palestine
I would appreciate it if you would be so kind as to bring this matter to
the attention of the Palestinian People around the world.

Thank you.

Francis A. Boyle

Professor of International Law
Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace
Negotiations and His Excellency Dr. Haidar Abdul Shaffi (1991-1993)
________________________________________
*US State Department - Nov 20, 2007
Announcement of Annapolis Conference
Press Statement: Sean McCormack Washington, DC* MORE
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7417
<http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7417>

Please also see:

*Dan Lieberman: The Turbulent Winds of the Annapolis Conference*
http://www.palestinechronicle.com/story-112107172316.htm

*Annapolis, as seen from Gaza*
by Laila El-Haddad
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9120.shtml

*The Joke in Annapolis: How to Get Out?*
by Uri Avnery
http://www.antiwar.com/avnery
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