PA President Abbas at PLO Executive meeting 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas acknowledged on Saturday that he
was facing pressure to abandon his plan to ask the United Nations in September
to recognize a Palestinian state along the pre-1967 lines.
the world is not united in supporting the Palestinian step,” Abbas told the PA’s
Voice of Palestine radio station. “But we have delegations that will go to many
countries – from Canada to Japan – to explain our policy at the
'UN should leave Mideast quartet'
PA butts heads with US over September bid at UN
Abbas said that Arab League foreign ministers are scheduled to hold
a meeting on July 12 to discuss the PA’s statehood bid.
He also called on
the Quartet members
– the US, EU, UN and Russia – to endorse a “clear and
balanced” stance regarding the peace process during its meeting later this
Abbas demanded that the Quartet call for a full cessation of
settlement construction and recognition of the 1967 lines as the basis for a
He added that the PA’s top priority remains returning
to the negotiating table with Israel. But, he said, “If the negotiations fail,
the Palestinians will proceed with plans to achieve an independent state on the
1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital.”
Abbas pointed out that
some 117 countries have already recognized the Palestinian state. He predicted
that by September the number would rise to 130.
“This means that the
number of countries that would recognize Palestine would be more than those that
recognize Israel,” he added. “Therefore we ask those who are opposed to our
plan, what should we do and how could we achieve a state?” With respect to the
Egyptian- brokered reconciliation accord between Hamas and Fatah, Abbas denied
that it has reached a deadlock.
He expressed regret over Hamas’s failure
to understand that the government that the two sides agreed to establish would
be a technocratic one, and not a national unity government.
He said that
neither Hamas nor any other party has the right to decide who would join the new
Abbas said that current PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was
the most suitable man to head the new government, when and if it’s
Abbas said he called off a planned meeting with Hamas leader
Khaled Mashaal in Cairo a few weeks ago because of Hamas’s refusal to accept
Fayyad and other ministers.