Palestine:Abbas says UN bid aims at recognizing Palestine as occupied state
Laaska News Sept. 4,2011
RAMALLAH, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) — Recognizing a Palestinian state is aimed at moving the status of occupied territories to a “state under occupation,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday.
“Then, we go back to negotiations on clear and specific basis,” Abbas told a meeting of the Revolutionary Council of his Fatah movement in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Palestinians have planned to request a United Nations vote on their statehood on the lands that Israel has occupied in the West Bank amidst firm opposition from Israel and the United States.
“We made this decision after the negotiations reached a deadlock because the Israeli government rejected all signed agreements and insisted not to stop building settlements in the Palestinian territories,” Abbas added, stressing that the Palestinian leadership does not aim at isolating Israel.
As reports said that the U.S. Obama administration circulated proposals to resume peace talks to avert the UN bid, Abbas said the Palestinians are ready to discuss any offer that includes an Israeli recognition of the two-state solution and a commitment to stop settlement activities.