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Abbas says Palestinian UN bid came after Israel rebuffed int'l treaties

(Xinhua)

08:57, September 01, 2011

RAMALLAH, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinians decided to approach the United Nations for recognition after Israel refused to abide by the international agreements and laws, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday.

"Approaching the UN is not an alternative to the peace talks," Abbas was quoted by the Palestinian official news agency Wafa as saying, "it is an opportunity to get out of the current impasse that the peace process is facing due to the Israeli policy of settlement."

Abbas made the remarks at a meeting held at his Ramallah headquarters with Rabbi Menahim Fruman, according Wafa.

After the direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians were stalled for around one year, the Palestinians decided to approach the United Nations in September to demand an international recognition of a Palestinian state.

Fruman, a Jewish rabbi who is well-known for reinforcing the dialogue among Muslims, Jews and Christians, was quoted as saying that "the Palestinian efforts to gain a recognition of an independent Palestinian state at the UN in September will succeed. "

Fruman proposed forming a committee of religious figures to put an end to the mutual incitement and delegating the committee to the United States with a message of peace.

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