Syria postpones Abbas visit amid Goldstone vote deferral controversy

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Syria has postponed a planned visit by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas amid controversy about his decision to suspend efforts to have Israeli officials prosecuted for alleged war crimes during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, a Syrian official said Monday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, refused to specify the exact reason for postponing Abbas's visit, which was scheduled to begin Tuesday. But the decision came a day after Syria criticized the Abbas-led Palestinian Authority for backing down against Israel. Late last week, the UN Human Rights Council considered a resolution to send the report to the UN General Assembly for possible action. Instead, PA diplomats said Friday they would agree to delay the vote until March. With the Palestinians out of the picture, Arab and Muslim states did not take the case further.