Abbas: We are not currently looking into this issue. Certainly, we reject any kind of delay or obstruction.
Dergham: If the issue comes to an end with the US veto, Palestine would not have the status or position of a state, and would not be able to head to the ICC [International Criminal Court]. What would you have gained then?
Abbas: The United States, the bastion of democracy, would do wrong to the Palestinian people if it denies them the right to liberty and self-determination. It will have to bear responsibility for its own actions.
Dergham: But there are those who say, Why risk losing an American president who sympathizes with you and your cause?
Abbas: It is the US president who spoke of the necessity to halt settlement, and it is he who spoke of the ’67 borders. He has to fulfill his words, at the very least.
Dergham: Has [French] President Nicolas Sarkozy become the alternative when he put forward detailed proposals?
Abbas: We say that we appreciate what he proposed, but our official answer will be given after we consult the Palestinian leadership. We present everything before the latter in detail, and it is this leadership that decides upon the appropriate position.
Dergham: Is the Quartet over? Are you disappointed with the stances of the Quartet?