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Abbas to resume statehood bid in UN: official

English.news.cn   2012-05-16 19:50:20            

RAMALLAH, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will resume diplomatic efforts to obtain statehood through the United Nations after starting to "despair of" resuming peace negotiations with Israel, a Palestinian official said Wednesday.

"Abbas and the Palestinian leadership started to despair of opportunities to resume the negotiations with (Israeli Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu's government," the official said on condition of anonymity.

Abbas does not plan to send any more message to Netanyahu, given the "negative" Israeli response he got on Saturday to his earlier message, the official added.

According to the official, Israel refused to stop settlement building on the occupied territories and did not commit itself to the two-state solution based on the borderline of lands occupied by Israel in 1967.

Moreover, Netanyahu, in his response to Abbas, reiterated his call on the Palestinian leadership to recognize Israel as the home of Jews, a request the Palestinians reject, the official said.

Abbas is working on two tracks: improving the internal front and drumming up support for another battle in the United Nations to get a recognition of an independent Palestinian state, according to sources.

On the internal level, a reshuffled government will be sworn in Wednesday in the West Bank, while municipal elections will resume for the first time since 2005. The elections will also take place in the West Bank, where Abbas' rule has been confined since rival Hamas movement took over Gaza by force in 2007.

The Palestinians failed last year to obtain the recognition via the UN Security Council because it did not muster enough votes. The sources said Abbas is likely to return to the international organization in September, but this time to its General Assembly to demand that Palestine's status be upgraded to a non-member state.

The peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians stopped in 2010 over a dispute on the Jewish settlement construction.

Special Report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts

Editor: Chen Zhi
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