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Abbas: We will go ahead with UN statehood resolution

Arab World Materials 25 May 2011 17:15
President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's terms for peace set out in a speech to the US Congress this week, saying if nothing changed the Palestinians would go ahead with their attempt to get statehood recognition at the United Nations.
Abbas: We will go ahead with UN statehood resolution

President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's terms for peace set out in a speech to the US Congress this week, saying if nothing changed the Palestinians would go ahead with their attempt to get statehood recognition at the United Nations, DPA reported.

In his address to Congress Tuesday, Netanyahu "did not say anything we can build positively on," Abbas told representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and of Palestinian factions.

The "had many errors and bigger distortions. He moved very far from the peace process," charged.

Netanyahu had dictated solutions to all core issues "even before negotiations had started."

While negotiations remained his main first choice, "if nothing happens by September, we will go to September," he said.

The Palestinians hope to push through a resolution in September that would grant them international recognition of a state based on the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Abbas praised what came in US President Barack Obama's remarks regarding the borders of the Palestinian state.

"Obama spoke in his speech about the 1967 borders of the Palestinian state, which will have borders with Jordan, Egypt and Israel," he said. "This is something we can deal positively with."

The UN move "is not intended to isolate Israel, nor to delegitimize it and it is neither a unilateral act," as was claimed by Obama, he emphasized.

He said he will take the Palestinian position to the Arab League follow-up committee, scheduled to meet Saturday in the Qatari capital Doha, to formulate a common Arab-Palestinian response to Obama and Netanyahu's speeches.

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