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Abbas repeats offer of talks with Israel after UN upgrade
Published Tuesday 13/11/2012 (updated) 14/11/2012 16:12
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President Abbas pictured in Ramallah.(MaanImages/file)
CAIRO (Reuters) -- President Mahmoud Abbas repeated an offer on Monday to restart peace talks with Israel after a UN vote to recognize Palestine as an observer state later this month.

"We had agreed to go get the vote on November 29 ... the majority needed for the vote will be on our side," Abbas told reporters of the planned UN vote. He was speaking in Cairo at a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers.

"If it is possible to start talks on the following day (after acquiring the observer status) then we are ready for that," Abbas added.

The Western-backed Palestinian Authority circulated a draft resolution to UN member states on Wednesday calling for upgrading its UN status to that of observer state, despite objections by the United States and Israel.

Washington says it favors eventual statehood for Palestine, but wants it to come as a result of negotiations with Israel. The United States can block full recognition of Palestine as a UN member at the Security Council, where it has a veto, but the 193-nation UN General Assembly can still grant observer status.

Abbas's proposal, to be put to a vote in the General Assembly later this month, would implicitly recognize Palestinian statehood and could also grant access to bodies such as the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

"We do not want to clash with anyone, neither with America nor with Israel nor with anyone else," Abbas said. He asked the Arab League states for their "blessings".

The upgrade seems certain to win approval in any vote in the 193-nation General Assembly, which is composed mostly of post-colonial states historically sympathetic to the Palestinians.

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been stalled over Israel's refusal to halt settlement building in territory where the Palestinians want their state.
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1 ) AKeenReader / UK
13/11/2012 10:13
Why wait till 29th Nov considering that Palestinians have been waiting for over two decades. Time delay will give the US & Israeli's to put more obsticles in their way and bribe other poorer countries to vote against. It seems that the Palestinain leadership even now haven't learnt any lessons that the US can never be trusted.

2 ) Palestin & Israel / Unilaterally
13/11/2012 18:10
Israel should make two announcements regarding the PLO’s UN Bid:
1- It Neither Demands, Nor Relinquishes, any sovereignty rights over any territory east of the West Bank security barrier, without a comprehensive, negotiated peace/statehood agreement, and
2- It will, in the near future, unilaterally create a Palestinian state on borders of Israel's choosing. if the PA continues refusing to negotiate unconditionally !!

3 ) @ aSlowReader-1 / USA
13/11/2012 18:45
Your right, that "the Palestinain leadership have have learned, that
that the US can NOT be trusted" to continue funding the PA forever,
and the same is true for the UK, EU, or most other democratic states,
and the PLO's UN Bid gives them all a good excuse to stop the funding !!!

4 ) Two Ways on the Land, and / A Third Way in the UN Only
14/11/2012 02:25
There are Two Ways to create a Real Palestine, on the Land, and a Thrid Way to create a Palestine that exists in the UN Only, where the Two Ways are either - bilateral Negotiations, that will consider some Palestinian claims/needs, - unilateral Israeli actions that will consider only Israeli claims/needs, and both result in a Palestine on the Land, while - the Third Way, unilateral Palestinian actions, leads to a Palestine, that has NO lands, and Only exists on the UN stationary !!!
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