U.S. and Russia seek to avoid a confrontation with the Palestinian request to the UN
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U.S. and Russia seek to avoid a confrontation with the Palestinian request to the UN

Clinton : NY : USA | Sep 20, 2011 at 1:46 AM PDT
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US would use veto against Palestine's full membership

After confirmation that request on Friday statehood, both countries began diplomatic efforts "extremely intensive"

The Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, admitted on Monday he expected a situation "very difficult" after the request for recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN this week, an initiative which is strongly opposed Israel and the U.S.. He spoke when he came to New York, where world powers met to exit the crossing of the application to recognize and avoid a confrontation at the UN.

Speaking to reporters traveling with him, admitted that Abbas has been under international pressure about the Palestinian demand that also divides the European Union. "The Palestinian people and their leaders will know hard times after the petition to the UN," he said. A few hours later, he officially informed the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon presented the September 23 order.

"We hope this week will lead to an outcome that can serve to advance our cause and we get to our rendezvous with freedom," he said, also from New York, the Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

Steps

Much of the international community, led by the United States and the European Union (EU) has been discussing proposals to convince the Palestinians to postpone or abandon its application.

But efforts are also targeted for new peace talks, including a settlement freeze and the establishment of clear parameters for the negotiations, which could discourage Palestinians from entering as a state request to the UN.

United States and Russia seeking ways to achieve a resumption of negotiations and avoid a confrontation with the Palestinian request, according to a senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed "elements" of a statement of the Quartet of facilitators, both up by the European Union and the UN.

Clinton said the United States took a diplomatic effort "extremely intensive" to try to avoid a confrontation over the Palestinian request. "The only way to a two-state solution, which is what we support and we want to happen is through negotiations," he said.Key U.S. senators also lobbied to persuade African leaders to 23 to oppose the Palestinian demand.

"Political Changes"

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama arrived in New York, where he will participate in the UN General Assembly, which begins on Wednesday.

In this context, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and his U.S. counterpart, Leon Panetta, speaking at the Pentagon's "political changes" in the Middle East, stressed the importance of security, and the United States reaffirmed its " commitment to maintain Israel's qualitative military advantage "in the region, according to a statement.

After his meeting with Abbas on Monday, Ban expressed his "desire to ensure that the international community and the two sides can find a way forward in the resumption of negotiations within a legitimate and balanced," said a spokesman.

"We need to relaunch the peace process," agreed with the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank in New York, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, who announced that President Nicolas Sarkozy and Abbas will meet Tuesday in New York on the sidelines General Assembly.

Abbas, who blamed Israel for blocking peace talks, "prefers" a Security Council vote on the request for membership before that "other options", according to Palestinian negotiator Nabil Chaath, including the ability to request a status observer to the UN General Assembly.

The Security Council must vote on the application, although the United States warned that it would apply its veto power, risking a confrontation within the UN.

Israel says Palestinian order in the UN is an attempt to circumvent the negotiations, which ran aground a few weeks after starting in September 2010, a dispute over Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, Jerusalem refused to abort .

However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said in a statement late Monday he was "interested" in meeting with Abbas at the General Assembly this week and "open direct negotiations in New York" that "will continue then in Jerusalem and Ramallah ".

The Palestinians say the initiative at the UN does not exclude the possibility of further talks and have to strengthen their capacity to negotiate on more equal terms.

Abbas urged the "Israeli people to recognize the Palestinian state, demonstrating that there may be a two-state solution and not lose this opportunity for peace." He added: "We tell the Israeli people, 'We want peace, you want peace, we have lost too much time and now want to move'.

The order filed Friday that Abbas seeks recognition of a Palestinian state as a full member of the UN, based on the borders prior to the Six Day War of 1967, and covering the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including Jerusalem East.

For the application to be transferred to the General Assembly for approval, must get nine of the 15 votes in the Security Council and that none of the five permanent members to veto it.

rawaha is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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