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Palestinians rebuff U.S. House of Representatives' warning

Arab World Materials 8 July 2011 17:49
The Palestinians on Friday rebuffed a decision of the U.S. House of Representatives to cut off aid if they apply to the United Nations (UN) in September and neglect the talks with Israel.
Palestinians rebuff U.S. House of Representatives' warning

The Palestinians on Friday rebuffed a decision of the U.S. House of Representatives to cut off aid if they apply to the United Nations (UN) in September and neglect the talks with Israel.

"The decision is rejected, denounced and unjustified," chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Xinhua.

The Palestinians announced that they would apply to the UN in September to demand a full membership of a Palestinian state in the international organization after the peace talks with Israel were completely stalled.

"Applying to the UN is based on all the political and legal criteria and it would keep the two-state solution, which is a demand of the international parties, based on the borders of 1967, " said Erekat.

"I don't believe that the U.S. decision would influence the Palestinian leadership's decision to apply to the UN," said Erekat.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday warned the Palestinians that they risk cuts in U.S. aid if they demand UN recognition of a future state not defined in direct talks with Israel.

The Representative House has overwhelmingly voted with 406 to six for the decision. The lawmakers backed an earlier symbolic resolution sending a strict message to the Palestinians one week after the U.S. Senate approved a similar decision.

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