Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Visit of Palestinian Authroity President

Delivered in Plenary - 13th March 2006

Mr President

So far President Mahmoud Abbas, who is due to address us this Wednesday, has been a big disappointment as President of the Palestinian Authority. He has been unable or unwilling to reign in terrorist suicide bombers, including his own Fatah al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. He has failed to disarm militants from Hamas and Islamic Jihad and seems incapable of stopping the rampant corruption that, in part, led to a Hamas victory. Although the EU must be an impartial and strong supporter of the roadmap for peace under the Quartet, we must not fund a Palestinian Authority led by an unreformed Hamas, an EU-banned terrorist organisation committed to Jihad and a Caliphate under Sharia law.

First, Hamas must renounce violence and recognise Israelís right to exist. If that means that the Palestinian Authority gets its money from Iran and Saudi Arabia, so be it. That will mean less money for Iran to build its nuclear weapons.