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Abbas names PNC speaker to form constitution

08-16-2011 09:33 BJT

RAMALLAH, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday nominated Salim Za'noon, speaker of the Palestinian National Council (PNC), as the chairman of a committee to form the Palestinian constitution.

Nabil Shaath, a member of Fatah's central committee, was nominated as Za'noon's deputy, the state-run Wafa News Agency reported.

The Palestinians will approach the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly in September to gain a recognition of an independent Palestinian state established in the territories occupied by Israel in 1967.

The Palestinians are determined to approach the U.N. despite opposition of the United States and Israel.

PNA Minister of Foreign Affairs Reyad al-Malki earlier announced that Abbas would drop the Palestinian request at the U.N. on Sept. 20, following his meeting with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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