Ahmed Qurie (Abu Ala) is the chief Palestinian negotiator for the final status talks with Israel. Qurie is famous for his secret channel peace talks that began in Norway in the early 90's and led to the first Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement known as the Oslo Agreement in 1993.Updated: Jun 26, 2003 19:23 IST
Ahmed Qurie (Abu Ala), Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Councilis the chief Palestinian negotiator for the final status talks with Israel. Qurie is famous for his secret channel peace talks that began in Norway in the early 90's and led to the first Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement known as the Oslo Agreement in 1993.
Since then he has been an active participant in all the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations that took place in Taba, Cairo and Wye River. He was called on again at the last stage of Palestinian-Israeli peace making and launched a secret channel in Sweden that tackled the core issues of a final peace: Jerusalem, borders, refugees, settlements, water and security.
Qurie's involvement in Palestinian politics goes back to 1968, when he joined the ranks of Fatah, the PLO's largest political group. Fatah is headed by President Yasser Arafat.
In 1996, Qurie received the highest votes in the Jerusalem district in the general elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council. Qurie was then voted by lawmakers as Speaker, a position he still holds.
Before the Palestinian elections, Qurie was Minister of Economy and Trade and Minister of Industry in the Palestinian Authority.
Qurie is a member of many PLO bodies. He sits on the Fatah Revolutionary Council and the Central Committee of Fatah. He is a member of the Palestinian National Council.
Qurie is a board member of many Institutes and Centers such as the Palestinian Economic Policy Research Institute and the Peres Center for Peace. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the Gleitsman Foundation. Qurie was the recipient of the 1999 Gleitsman Foundation's International Activist Award. Qurie also received the Norwegian Royal Order Merit in 1994, and the Seeds of Peace Foundation Award in 1996.
Apart from his negotiating credit, Qurie is the author of a book entitled "Hanging Peace" and has published many economic studies.
Qurie was born in the village of Abu Dis in Jerusalem in 1937.
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First Published: Jun 26, 2003 19:23 IST