Palestinian leadership asserts decision to get UN recognition

13:47, June 27, 2011      

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) heads attends a joint meeting of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) executive committee and the Fatah central committee in the West Bank city of Ramallah June 26, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The Palestinian leadership on Sunday asserted that it will seek recognition of Palestinian statehood from the United Nations in September.

The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, despite American and Israeli opposition.

The Palestinians want to declare their state on the lands that Israel has occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem as the capital.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of the PLO's Executive Committee, should the decision to go to the UN agrees with international resolutions regarding Palestine and the nations' right in self determination.

The Executive Committee members and the members of the Central Committee of Abbas's Fatah party participated in the meeting.

A statement issued after the meeting said that the recognition of the Palestinian state helps making lasting and comprehensive peace in which the Palestinian state lives in peace with its neighbors.

The statement called on the international community and Arab states to support the Palestinians in their quest to win the recognition.

At the beginning of the meeting, Abbas said that the issue of recognition is crucial because peace talks with Israel have stopped last year as Israel insists to keep building Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

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