PA eyes EU support on statehood bid


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EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (L) meets with acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas (file photo)

PressTV –  Mon Aug 29, 2011 5:32AM GMT


Palestinian Authority (PA) views the European Union (EU) stance on its upcoming full UN membership bid as positive, an official says.

“There’s progress in the EU position and preparedness to get in sync with the PA plan to achieve full UN membership next month,” Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee, told AFP on Sunday.

The ranking West Bank official made the statement only one day after acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas met with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Ramallah.

Rabbo said, “We will advise them of every move and make sure they’re not surprised with anything,” referring to next month’s UN General Assembly meeting in New York, where the central PLO demand being full UN membership, will be announced, a move which has garnered fierce US and Israeli opposition.

On a three-day official visit to the occupied territories, Ashton visited Ramallah on Saturday, aiming to persuade the Palestinians and Israel to restart the direct talks, which have been ceased as of last September over the prickly issue of continued Jewish settlement expansion.

“Success of our UN bid would change the status of conflict, under the international law, between us and Tel Aviv,” added Abbas on Sunday.

Prior to meeting with Ashton, Abbas said, “Seeking UN membership was a direct result of the world’s failure to help the Palestinians secure their legal rights.”

In a joint interview with Jordan’s Al-Dustur daily and Qatar’s Al-Watan daily, Abbas further noted that “Recognition of our state based on the 1967 borders, by the international community, will make it a state under occupation. It will forever change the legal aspect of our situation.”

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