Abbas turns down US proposal to drop UN resolution support

February 18, 2011 16:53

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas turned down a US proposal on Friday aimed at persuading the Palestinians to drop support for a UN Security Council vote against settlement construction in the West Bank.

Abbas passed on the information during a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"There is no change in the Palestinian and Arab position about the proposal presented to the UN Security Council condemning Israeli settlement on Palestinian land," a statement by Abbas' office read.

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