Abbas affirms Palestinian Arab bid for UN membership

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September 5, 2011
New York Times    
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"President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority said Monday that he was going to the United Nations this month to seek membership for a state of Palestine, not instead of negotiations with Israel, but in addition to them. His goal, he said, was for a Palestinian state and Israel to live in peace and security next to one another. ... Israeli officials argue that a resolution recognizing a Palestinian state could complicate the prospect of talks beyond salvation. Each side says that it wants direct talks and peace but that the other side does not." (09/05/11)

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/06/world/middleeast/06palestinians.html  

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