Palestinians expect 140 countries to back statehood bid
Source: BI-ME with Bloomberg , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Sun September 4, 2011 7:50 pm
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INTERNATIONAL. About 140 countries are likely to support a Palestinian bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations General Assembly later this month, according to Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath.

“Many Palestinian leaders and officials went on separate tours and visits to convince the world’s countries to recognize the Palestinian state in the territories occupied by Israel in 1967,” said Shaath, a senior official in Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction.

His remarks in Ramallah today were broadcast on Palestinian television.

Palestinian officials have said they are pursuing recognition at the UN for statehood due to a failure to restart negotiations with Israel that broke down a year ago over construction in West Bank settlements.

Israel has warned that the Palestinian move could jeopardize the peace process.

The U.S. is making a final effort to restart peace talks and forestall the Palestinian bid, The New York Times reported today, citing unidentified American officials. The U.S. opposes the Palestinian bid for statehood and has veto power in the UN Security Council.

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