'Abbas backtracks on decision not to push Goldstone debate'

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After a week of criticism from fellow Palestinian Authority officials for his decision to pull a motion which would have urged the UN Human Rights Council to debate a report which condemned Israel for war crimes, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday that he intends to revisit the motion and urge a discussion on the matter. According to the Palestinian daily, Al Ayyam, Abbas told US special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell that he had already started the process of pushing a vote on a report written by Judge Richard Goldstone, which stated that Israel violated international law during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza last January. The paper quoted top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat as saying that actions regarding the matter have been taken in Geneva.