PA President Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Chip East)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will personally present a
resolution seeking Palestinian statehood to the United Nations this
September, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Saturday.
Earlier this week, reports indicated that the Arab League would present the resolution to the UN on behalf of the Palestinians.
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explained that the
reason for Abbas's personal appearance in the UN is to avoid
undermining the PLO's position as the sole representative of the
people, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported. Abbas is the president
of the PLO's executive committee.
also slammed the United States's position on the issue of statehood,
saying that there is no reason for the US to use its UN Security Council
veto to stifle Palestinian statehood efforts.
added, should reevaluate its support for Israel in order to become an
objective broker in the peace process, according to the report.
Following an Arab League meeting late last week, Erekat said that the
league's ministers had decided to send letters to all countries that
have not yet recognized the Palestinian state, asking them to do so ahead
of the UN vote in September.
A copy of a draft statement from the Arab League meeting said, "It
was decided to go to the United Nations to request the recognition of
the state of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital and to move
ahead and request a full membership." A copy of the statement was
obtained by Reuters.
The statement did not provide a timeline, indicating the application
would be made in time for the UN assembly in September. A Palestinian
delegate said the Arab League had appointed a committee to determine
Full member status would require approval in the Security Council, where
the United States had said it would veto any such resolution.
The Palestinians, who currently hold UN "observer" status, had
previously pledged to seek UN endorsement in September for their claim
of sovereignty in the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
The move has gained momentum with the lack of progress in
Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. The Arab League formally backed
this plan in May.
Khaled Abu Toameh and Reuters contributed to this report