Arab League finalizing PA statehood application for UN

PA source: We’re under heavy pressure to drop plan, but it’s too late now; meeting in Doha being attended by Arab legal experts.

August 4, 2011 00:59
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Nabil Elaraby

Elaraby 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Representatives of the Arab League were scheduled to meet in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday night to lay the final touches on the Palestinian Authority’s application to the UN for recognition of a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 lines.

The meeting comes as the PA leadership in Ramallah continues to face pressure from the US and EU to abandon its statehood plan and return to the negotiating table with Israel.


In Ramallah, PA President Mahmoud Abbas held talks about the September plan with EU representative Christian Berger.

The EU has thus far refused to back the PA’s statehood bid, urging the Palestinians to agree to the resumption of peace talks with Israel.

A source close to Abbas said the EU envoy reiterated this position during the meeting with the PA president.

Abbas reportedly told Berger the decision to go to the UN in September was taken because of Israel’s insistence on continuing with its policy of construction in the settlements.

Also Wednesday, Abbas received a phone call from British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who also told him that London prefers to see the peace talks resumed instead of the statehood bid, the source said.

“We are under heavy pressure,” the source added.

“The Americans and some Europeans are calling us almost every day and asking that we drop the plan. But it’s too late now and they must know that the ball is in the Israeli court.”

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