Palestinians will not accept vote delay

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PressTV – Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:56AM GMT

Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat
A top Palestinian official has said that acting Palestinian Authority (PA) Chief Mahmoud Abbas will not accept a delayed vote on his proposal for membership in the UN.

Rejecting the increasing pressure from the US and France, Abbas’s senior aid, Saeb Erekat put it bluntly on Wednesday, “We will not allow any political maneuvering on this issue,” The Associated Press reported.

Erekat said the PA had made it clear in discussions with all parties involved over the last three days of meetings that the Palestinians would not be tricked into dropping the UN bid.

Another senior PA official, Nabeel Shaath said, Abbas has asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to speed up the procedures, and he was assured by the UN chief that there would be no political delays.

The Palestinian leaders plan to submit their letter of application on Friday when Abbas is to speak to the UN General Assembly, but he is facing an intense opposition from Israel and its Western allies.

Abbas’s push for full membership would meet with an almost certain US veto in the Security Council, but Palestinian officials insist that nothing would prevent them from going to the Security Council and seeking full statehood.



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