WASHINGTON - Washington has launched an effort to avoid a clash stemming
from plans by Palestinians to seek recognition as a state at the United
Nations, The New York Times reported on Saturday, citing senior US officials and foreign diplomats.
Obama administration has introduced a plan to restart peace talks with
Israel to try to convince Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to give up
the bid to seek recognition at the annual meeting of leaders at the UN
General Assembly, it said.
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administration has told Abbas it would veto any request made to the UN
Security Council to make a Palestinian nation a new member, the Times said.
it said Washington lacked support to block a vote by the Assembly to
raise the status of the Palestinians to a nonvoter observer state from
that of a nonvoting "entity," which could allow them to join many UN
bodies, and pursue cases against Israel at the International Criminal
Senior US officials and foreign diplomats, whom the Times
did not identify, said the administration wanted to avoid having to
cast a veto as well as a General Assembly vote that would leave only the
United States and a few other nations opposed to Palestinian
"If you put the alternative out there, then you've
suddenly just changed the circumstances and changed the dynamic," the
newspaper quoted a senior administration official as saying on Thursday.
"And that's what we're trying very much to do."
The European Union has tried to launch a resumption of peace talks
between Israel and the Palestinians, amid deep divisions over the
proposed bid for statehood.
The Times said that while some
Obama administration officials were hopeful a compromise could be
reached to avoid a vote, there were plans to limit the consequences if
it took place, including efforts to ensure that Israel and the
Palestinians keep cooperating on security in the West Bank and on