PA: Wide Differences with US on UN Bid

Palestinian officials say the differences with the US over the UN bid are wide and they will not give up the bid to seek recognition at the annual meeting of leaders at the General Assembly.

"The gap between the Palestinian and US positions is still wide," Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP on Wednesday after talks with US envoys in Ramallah.

"There are efforts being made and an agreement to continue communication with the US administration and the (Middle East) Quartet envoy," he said.

Rudeina made the remarks after acting Palestinian Authority Chief President Mahmud Abbas held talks with Washington’s Middle East envoy David Hale and Dennis Ross, senior adviser to US President Barack Obama.

He went on to say that the Palestinians are determined to protect their right to go to the UN to seek membership for the state of Palestine.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat also issued a statement after the meeting. He said, the talks revealed the scale of the differences between the positions.

With one week to go before the UN General Assembly convenes, there is a flurry of diplomatic activity in the Middle East.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a call to Abbas on Tuesday night and tried to convince him to "work hard with us to avoid a negative scenario in New York", that is to drop the UN bid.

Palestinian Liberation Organization Secretary General Yasser Abed Rabbo said US policy now appeared confined to one point: stopping the Palestinians from embarking on their diplomatic initiative at the United Nations.

"The subject is not settlements, or Palestinian independence or the rights of the Palestinian people, or halting the criminal violations perpetrated by the settlers against the Palestinian people," he said.

"All this is being ignored and the only issue has become the issue of us not going to the United Nations," he told Voice of Palestine radio.

"This shows not only disdain for the Palestinian position, but also scorn for what is happening in the Arab region."

(Press TV)

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