Abbas: Palestinians not to declare statehood unilaterally
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas hosts the weekly cabinet meeting in Ramalla, May 10, 2010. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday the Palestinians are not going to declare their statehood unilaterally. (Xinhua/Fadi Arouri)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday the Palestinians are not going to declare their statehood unilaterally.
"There will be no unilateral declaration of the Palestinian state," Abbas told reporters in Ramallah, adding that "The declaration would be official, legal and through an agreement."
Abbas made the remarks a day after the Palestinian leadership announced the indirect negotiations with Israel have started in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process that has been stalled for 18 months over a dispute on settlement expansions.
Abbas said that he participated in the weekly cabinet meeting of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and urged Fayyad "to continue his efforts and program that was approved last year, so we can declare the statehood."
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