PLO presses forward with UNSC anti-settlement vote

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 18, 2011 21:23

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian leadership was pressing forward Friday with a UN resolution that would condemn settlements in the West Bank as "illegal," despite stiff American opposition.

The PLO executive committee met and decided unanimously to push forward with the vote.

The Obama administration opposes a vote on the matter, saying it doesn't want the UN's most powerful body to intervene. It argues that a vote will only complicate efforts to resume stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the leader spoke with US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton earlier and informed her that there has been no change in the Palestinian position.


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