Palestinian leader won't halt UN recognition drive

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Posted: Sep 13, 2011 5:05 PM
Palestinian leader won't halt UN recognition drive

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says efforts to win U.N. recognition for a Palestinian state are "irreversible" and have wide international support, but they don't mean the end of negotiations with Israel.

Abbas was speaking Tuesday to newspaper editors in Cairo following a meeting with Arab foreign ministers, who discussed the Palestinian U.N. initiative. The Arab League offered support for Abbas but said he will determine if he will seek recognition from the General Assembly, or would take the issue to the Security Council. The U.S. and the Israel oppose the move.

Abbas said 126 countries back the initiative. He said it was not a symbolic move, but one that would strength his negotiating position with Israel.