Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visits Bosnia

AP News
Posted: Aug 16, 2011 9:07 AM
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visits Bosnia

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he does not expect any backlash from the United States if the Palestinians continue to push for statehood.

Speaking to reporters in Sarajevo Tuesday, Abbas said if the U.S. vetoes the bid at the United Nations Security Council in September, Palestinians will still continue cooperating with Washington as they do not want confrontation.

During his visit, Abbas lobbied for Bosnian support. Bosnia is currently a non-permanent member of the Security Council.

Statehood would require approval by the powerful Security Council, where the U.S. has indicated it would veto any Palestinian move in the absence of a negotiated peace deal with Israel.