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Buenos Aires, Thursday, March 23 of 2000

The visit of the Pope, Palestinian version

A very important progress (view)

By Suhail Hani Daher Akel *

Really we are highly satisfied with the visit of the Holy Father to the Holy Land and we consider that this tour is a very important progress in this difficult peace process. On the other hand, we see a brave determination of the Pope by signing an accord from State to State with us a few weeks ago. We have also carefully observed the Holy Father’s “repentance” for the silence of the Church before the Crusades, the Inquisition and the Holocaust, and I believe this an important example to follow. I think that all of us have a repentance and we also expect one on behalf of the Israelis who have occupied our land.

We expect that the massage delivered by the Pope in the Palestinian refugee camp in Duheicheh can be really understood because it has to do with the rights of the Palestinian people to have their independent State. With regard to the Israeli determination of considering Jerusalem as a unique and indivisible city, the decent solution is – according to many Palestinian and Israeli sectors - a Jerusalem which can be capital city for the Palestine State and for the State of Israel.

We do not desire borders, walls or divisions. We do not want to change the geography of the Holy city, but we really desire a just decision for both people.

*Representative of the Palestine Authority in Argentina


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