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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday that the PA has
decided to ask the United Nations Security Council to recognize a Palestinian
state on the 1967 lines, because the peace talks with Israel are
Abbas told reporters in Tunis that the PA wanted to move forward
with the peace talks on the basis of international legitimacy and the cessation
of settlement construction.
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“This is what we want and we urge the US to
put pressure on Israel,” he said. “We’re not setting
preconditions. We are only demanding the implementation of international
legitimacy which, under the terms of the road map, envisages a two-state
He said that unless a solution is reached in the near future,
the PA would ask the UN to “consolidate” the establishment of a Palestinian
state on the 1967 lines and implement US President Barack Obama’s vision of a
Palestinian state, which would be a full member of the UN in
Abbas said that the Palestinians don’t have any assurances
regarding their intention to go to the UN Security Council to seek recognition
of a Palestinian state.
“We have more than 130 countries that have
recognized a Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 borders,” he pointed
out. “We are going to the UN because there are currently no talks with
Abbas’s remarks came as he prepared to leave for Paris, where he
would seek the backing of French President Nicolas Sarkozy for the PA’s plan to
seek UN recognition of a Palestinian state.
Nimer Hammad, political
adviser to Abbas, said that the PA was not interested at this phase in
unilaterally declaring a Palestinian state.
Hammad accused Israel of
hindering all international efforts aimed at ensuring the success of the peace
talks with the Palestinians.
He claimed that the US position regarding
the establishment of a Palestinian state remained “unclear” – although
Washington has voiced its opposition to a unilateral move on the part of the
PLO Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo, who is closely associated
with the PA president, said that the Palestinians decided to go to the UN after
the US failed to reach an agreement on the establishment of a Palestinian
“The US Administration knows our position – especially after its
efforts to launch serious talks with Israel failed,” Abed Rabbo said. “The road
to the UN has become open because the road in front of the US has been
Top Fatah official Azzam al- Ahmed also stressed the PA’s
determination to seek recognition of a Palestinian state in September, arguing
that the state institutions were ready.
“Our institutions are much better
than many countries,” he said. “We have a developed judiciary system, a high
court of justice and a constitutional court. All the Palestinian institutions
function in accordance with advanced international standards.”