Rice: US not involved in negotiations over UN bid text

September 16, 2011 01:03

NEW YORK – Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said America is not involved in trying to tone down a draft UN resolution on Palestinian statehood.

“We’re not negotiating any text, we’re not engaged in efforts to water down a text,” Rice said Thursday in a briefing with Jewish journalists. “We’re making the case that this is not a productive course.”

Rice dismissed as false rumors that a draft text even exists, but she said the Europeans were talking with the Palestinians about the substance of a resolution.

“There is no Palestinian text yet,” she said. “Nobody in New York has seen one.”

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