Abbas defiant as "all hell" breaks out over UN plan

By REUTERS
September 19, 2011 12:41

 
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NEW YORK - President Mahmoud Abbas said he is sticking to his plan to seek full United Nations membership for a Palestinian state although "all hell has broken out" over the move opposed by the United States and Israel.

Abbas, speaking en route to the UN General Assembly in New York, said he had been told by the United States and European governments that "matters will be bad" after a move which reflects his frustration with a moribund peace process.

"To what extent, we will know later on," said Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority which depends on international financial aid for its survival in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

The United States and Israel wanted to keep the peace process restricted to "a bilateral dialogue" overseen from afar by Washington, he said. But all the while this dialogue had failed, prompting the UN membership move.

"We decided to take this step and all hell has broken out against us," he told reporters on his flight to New York.

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