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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Palestinian Authority leadership rallying support for UN bid: Will becoming a nation spur war with Israel?

Erekat says he doesn't know when the PA request will be submitted to the UN, there is no deadline for filing such a request.

The Palestinian Authority leadership is scheduled to meet in Ramallah on August 4 to lay the final touches for its plan to ask the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 lines, PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Sunday.

Erekat said he didn’t know when the PA request would be submitted to the UN, adding that there was no deadline for filing such a request.

“President Abbas will announce the exact date for submitting the request [to the UN],” Erekat said. “We will ask for membership in the UN. This does not contradict with the peace process.”

Erekat said that Abbas’s recent tour of EU countries and Turkey was successful in rallying support for the PA statehood bid.

Regarding the severe financial crisis facing the PA, Erekat said that some Arab countries have promised to help solve the problem. (more)