04 Aug '11, 3am

Palestinians unlikely to drop UN bid: RAMALLAH: The Palestinians are unlikely to agree to drop their UN membersh...

Palestinians unlikely to drop UN bid: RAMALLAH: The Palestinians are unlikely to agree to drop their UN membersh...

RAMALLAH: The Palestinians are unlikely to agree to drop their UN membership bid in exchange for new peace talks based on the pre-1967 lines, Palestinian officials and analysts say. On Tuesday, an Israeli official confirmed that Israel has been working with Washington to hammer out a framework for new peace talks that both countries hope could convince the Palestinians to drop their bid for United Nations membership. But Palestinian officials and analysts said the Palestinian leadership had already invested heavily in the bid, and would face public disgrace if it agreed to drop the much-touted plan. They described the new framework for talks as little more than a public relations exercise for Israel, allowing it to show willingness to resume talks while attempting to torpedo the UN membership campaign. Ahmed Majdalani, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's ex...

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