Abbas to address Palestinians on Friday

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will address the Palestinian public on Friday at 6 p.m. to outline the leadership’s plans to seek full UN membership, a senior Fatah official said.

Fatah lawmaker Ashraf Juma said the president would discuss the challenges of the UN bid. The US has vowed to veto UN membership of the state of Palestine at the Security Council.

Abbas will speak from al-Muqatta, his security compound in Ramallah.

Juma said Abbas had received messages of support for the UN campaign from many organizations and dignitaries.

He urged Palestinians to carry out activities at all levels to support the president’s efforts and counter Israel’s “lies and attempts to thwart the move.”

Abbas’ aide Nabil Abu Rudaineh said earlier this month that the president would detail the leadership’s political strategy ahead of his address to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 23.

“The president will define in detail all the political moves which will be taken before submitting the UN bid, so as to make clear where the Palestinian cause is headed,” Abu Rudaineh said.

“The president will address the Palestinian people telling them exactly why the Palestinian Authority will go to the UN, and what caused the current political situation after negotiations stopped, and after the international community failed to work out solutions to the question of Palestine, and to move the negotiation process forward based on clear foundations.”

With peace talks frozen, the Palestinians have vowed to seek full UN membership for a state in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, with East Jerusalem as its capital, during the upcoming annual General Assembly session.

Although Washington has said it would veto the bid at the Security Council, the Palestinians may seek an upgrade of their status in the General Assembly instead which would bring the issue up for discussion at the forum.

(www.maannews.net / 12.09.2011)

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