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Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he gives a speech during a rally marking the 12th anniversary of the death of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 10, 2016. (AFP/ ABBAS MOMANI)

Ramallah- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he knew who killed Yasser Arafat, as he marked the 12th anniversary of the former leader’s death, but stopped short of giving a name.

Speaking in front of thousands in Ramallah, Abbas said, “You ask me who killed him, I know — but my testimony alone is not enough.”

“A commission of inquiry is digging into that, but you’ll find out at the earliest opportunity and be amazed when you know who did it,” he said.

Arafat died on November 11, 2004, at a hospital near Paris after his health deteriorated severely.

The Palestinian President pledged that 2017 will witness terminating the occupation through all possible means. “It has been 99 years since Balfour… He who does not own has made a promise to he who does not deserve,” he stated.

Abbas said, “Currently, we are discussing with Britain the reason why they did that to us… Some people mistakenly believe that Palestine was subject to British mandate at that time but this is not true… Britain should confess first of all that it did us wrong.”

He continued, “We want to prove that this is our land and Britain should be the first to admit that.” Abbas also hoped that the International Peace Conference, to be held by France, would succeed in determining a deadline for ending the occupation and finding a mechanism to implement what would be agreed upon.

The Palestinian President assured the attendees that he will return to the U.N. Security Council to achieve recognition of the Palestinian state and a denouncement of the settlement.

Abbas stressed that the Palestinian principles will never be overlooked—he also refused that Jerusalem be a capital of two countries. “When we talk about an independent Palestinian state, we can’t and will not forget that Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.”