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Arab, EU diplomats to discuss Palestinian approach to UN

(Xinhua)

09:53, August 29, 2011

RAMALLAH, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Arab and European diplomats will meet early next month to discuss Palestinian plan to ask for a UN vote of independence, a Palestinian official said Sunday.

A delegation representing the Arab League's committee that follows up Arab-Israeli issues will meet diplomats from the presidency of the European Union, said Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee.

He did not say where and when exactly the meeting is going to take place.

"We look in a very positive way to this meeting and what results it could bring," Abed Rabbo told the Voice of Palestine radio.

After peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians reached a deadlock last year, the Palestinians decided to go to the UN to seek recognition of their state on the lands occupied by Israel in 1967.

Israel and the United States oppose the Palestinian bid to obtain an international recognition from the UN and say that the recognition should be made through a negotiated agreement.

Meanwhile, Abed Rabbo said there was a progress with the EU's position in dealing with the Palestinian approach to the UN.

"The EU countries showed readiness to coordinate the steps of going to the UN with the Palestinian leadership," he said.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday that the EU doesn't oppose the legitimate Palestinian right to go to the UN, according to Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian peace negotiator.

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