Sources: 'Abbas can't climb down from tree of UN path'

June 9, 2011 22:54

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas wants to "climb down from the tree" and restart peace talks, but can't due to widespread pressure, the Associated Press reported quoting Palestinian sources.

The sources said that faced with opposition from the US regarding plans to seek recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN this September, several senior Palestinian officials are advising Abbas to forgo the plans.

However, the sources say there is a feeling that having announced his intentions to pursue the UN path, Abbas has "left himself with little room to maneuver and may proceed with the UN gambit simply to avoid a loss of credibility," the AP report said.

One official was quoted as saying, "We are trapped with September. We don't know what to do after that."

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