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'NY Times': US tries to stall Palestinian statehood bid

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.
The 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.The 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.
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