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Abbas will defend the creation of a Palestinian state at the UN

Ⓒ AFP – ABBAS MOMANI – | Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reads a few notes while presiding over a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on February 3, 2018

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will deliver a rare address to the UN Security Council on Tuesday to call for a recognition of Palestine as a member state of the UN and to reject a unique US mediation in the peace process.

His “face to face” with US ambassador Nikki Haley will be “interesting,” diplomats said.

By the end of January, Haley had accused Abbas of lack of courage. “We are not going to run after Palestinian authorities who do not have what it takes to reach peace,” he said.

“To obtain historical results, we need courageous leaders,” he added.

The Palestinian president, who spoke before the Security Council in 2008 and 2009, “should be expressed (on Tuesday) in a militant but moderate way,” diplomats said.

He will mention “without doubt” his desire for recognition of Palestine by the UN, but he should above all demand “collective action by the Security Council”.

According to Palestinian authorities, Abbas will call for negotiations with Israel outside the exclusive aegis of the United States. he will also denounce Washington’s decision to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“We could accept different formats” for these negotiations, said Nasser al-Qudwa, one of the Palestinian representatives.

“They could, for example, take place under the aegis of the so-called Group of P5 (the five permanent members of the Security Council: the United States, Russia, China, France and Great Britain), or of the P5 + 1 (the same, more Germany), or an ‘expanded Quartet’, or within the framework of an international peace conference, “he explained.

Since 2012, Palestine has been a “non-member observer state” of the UN, which allows it to integrate agencies of the international organization and join the International Criminal Court, but it is not a full member of the United Nations, despite having been recognized for more. from 130 countries.

Abbas refuses to maintain direct contacts with the administration of Donald Trump since the recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, at the end of 2017, a decision that discredited the United States as a mediator in the peace process in the Middle East in the eyes of the Palestinians.

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