Shaath: US document was catalyst for Abbas UN decision

September 17, 2011 19:18

The catalyst for Mahmoud Abbas's final decision to seek full membership at the United Nations Security Council was a meeting with two US Mideast envoys on Thursday, PLO official Nabil Shaath said on Saturday.

Speaking at a press conference in Ramallah, Shaath said that Dennis Ross and David Hale had presented Abbas with a document that was worded "worse" than one rejected by the Quartet over a month ago, official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Shaath added that the document indicated that the White House accepted West Bank settlements as de facto policy.

After reading the American paper, Shaath explained, Abbas "made up his mind that he was going to the United Nations Security Council to get full membership for the state of Palestine," according to WAFA.

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