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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday informed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of his intention to submit on Friday an application for
membership in the UN, a spokesman for the secretary-general said.
informed Abbas of his intention to “perform his duties under the UN Charter and
reiterated his support for the two-state solution,” the spokesman
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The UN secretary-general also stressed his desire to ensure that
the international community and the two parties can find a way forward for
resuming negotiations within a legitimate and balanced framework, the spokesman
Ban and Abbas also discussed the ongoing efforts by the Quartet to
resume the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
quoted Abbas as telling the secretary-general that he was committed to a
negotiated solution with Israel.
Abbas, meanwhile, called on Israel to
recognize a Palestinian state, the PA’s official news agency Wafa
Abbas made the call shortly before landing in New York.
urged Israel “not to waste the chance for peace on the basis of a two-state
solution,” the agency reported.
Abbas told reporters en route to New York
that “all hell has broken out” over the statehood bid.
He was referring
to immense pressure on him from the US and the Quartet to refrain from submitting an application for
Palestinian membership in the UN.
Abbas predicted that “matters will be
bad” after he submits the application.
However, he emphasized that there
would be no return to an “armed intifada” or any form of violence against
“We will only carry out peaceful protests,” he said.
said a majority of Israelis “want peace and support peace.” He added that Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu represents the Israeli people and when the
negotiations are resumed they will be with him.
A senior aide to Abbas
dismissed Netanyahu’s assertion that the PA statehood bid was doomed to
“These are ridiculous statements,” the official said. “Netanyahu
is searching for a way out of... isolation in the international
The official said Abbas was in “high spirits” despite attempts to
dissuade him from proceeding with the statehood plan.
Hanna Amireh, a
member of the PLO Executive Committee, disclosed that the US administration had
threatened to cut off financial aid to the PA if Abbas insisted on seeking UN
recognition of a Palestinian state.
Amireh said that in wake of the US
“threats,” Abbas has asked Arab countries to compensate the Palestinians for the
loss of US aid.
Nimer Hammad, a political adviser to Abbas, said the PA
had reached the conclusion that there was no point in pursuing the peace talks
with the Netanyahu government. He said Netanyahu’s refusal to accept the
pre-1967 lines as the basis for a two-state solution was one of the main reasons
behind the decision to seek UN membership for a Palestinian state.