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Palestinians' UN bid ready: official

09-14-2011 10:41 BJT

GAZA/RAMALLAH, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Foreign Minister Reyad al-Malki told the Voice of Palestine Radio on Tuesday that the official Palestinian application, including a request for a full UN membership of the independent Palestinian state, is ready to be submitted to the UN chief.

"President Mahmoud Abbas will hand the letter to UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon when they meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting on Sept. 20," al-Malki said, adding that any new proposals won't change the Palestinian bid.

The direct peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel had been stalled since October after Israel refused to halt settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. In response, the Palestinians decided to go to the UN and request an international recognition of an independent Palestinian state.

Malki also said he would meet International Quartet's Special Envoy Tony Blair "soon."

Also on Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is on an official visit to Egypt, held talks in Cairo with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In Gaza, some 110 Palestinian Non-Government Organizations signed on a petition to support the Palestinian attitude of going to the UN to demand an international recognition.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a statement on the occasion of the 18 years anniversary for signing the Oslo accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization ( PLO) that the ongoing Israeli government's policies of violent repression against the Palestinians, the expansion of settlement as well as the construction of the isolation wall "made Oslo accords not existing anymore."

"I don't believe that applying to the United Nations would compel Israel to end the occupation or the expansion of settlement as well as raids and assassinations, but it would be part of the Palestinian strategy. It is not the end, it is the beginning of the Palestine territories' return," said Erekat.

Islamic Hamas movement, which has been ruling the Gaza Strip since June 2007, called in a press statement for throwing away the Oslo accords, saying that "the accords was the most dangerous event on our people and their legitimate rights."

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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