"We were surprised by the Israeli government decision to withhold the Palestinian funds, you know we are under occupation; they collect our taxes, customs and revenues for us, and the Israeli government decision to withhold these funds - this is piracy - and we should look forward. If the Israeli government choose this path of business as usual, this cannot be maintained, this cannot be maintained."
"The Swiss government have notified us that Palestine has become a higher contracting party for Geneva conventions of 1949 and the additional protocols of 2 February, 1977. The secretary general of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki-moon, had informed us that the accession of the state of Palestine to eleven conventions will be done on 2 May, 2014 and two other conventions on 7 May and 2 July respectively. We are engaging in these trilateral talks in order to move forward. Our signing these letters of accession to the conventions do not contradict the need to have negotiations."