Palestine to apply to UN for independency after wasteful Israel talks

Palestinian officials said they are preparing to ask the United Nations to endorse an independent state.

Palestine to apply to UN for independency after wasteful Israel talks

Palestinian officials said Sunday they are preparing to ask the United Nations to endorse an independent state, saying they are so fed up with Israel's time-wasting in talks.

Palestinian prime minister has already launched a two-year development plan mean to lay the groundwork for independence.

"We're fed up with your time-wasting," the chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat told Israeli Army Radio. "We don't believe that you really want a two-state solution."

"Israel is continuing the occupation and is not prepared to return to the negotiating table," Erekat added. "It is maintaining the settlements and continuing to build in the territories; this situation cannot continue. We must reach a two-state solution."

On Saturday, Erekat had told the Palestinian newspaper Al-Ayyam that such a Palestinian state would be within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem Al-Quds as its capital.

Erekat said that if the world recognized the Palestinian state within the June 4, 1967 boundaries with East Jerusalem as its capital, Israel's unilateral settlement activity will be considered null and void.

"No US cover"

Saeb Erekat said there was no time frame for the diplomatic initiative. "When we are ready, we will go," he told Reuters.

"We have taken an Arab foreign ministers' decision to seek the help of the international community," he said.

Erekat said the United States and other major international players would be consulted ahead of going to the Security Council. "If the Americans cannot get the Israelis to stop settlement activities, they should also not cover them when we decide to go to the Security Council," he said.

Mohammed Dahlan, a senior official from Abbas's Fatah faction, told reporters that the diplomatic initiative had been agreed by the Palestine Liberation Organisation executive which Abbas chairs.

"We are now leading a diplomatic battle," Dahlan said.

But he added that Palestinians still held open the option for popular, comprehensive resistance against settlement and the occupation.

US veto

US actually bowed to Israel's refusal to stop settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, returning to where Obama admin starts in so-called "peace" talks.

U.S. President Barack Obama himself called only for "restraint" in settlement, not the "freeze" he had previously demanded, a retreat from his policy.

Abbas said he was surprised by Washington's retreat to stand by previous pledge to call for a complete Israeli settlement freeze.

But later Abbas's frustration was said to have peaked when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said talks must resume "as soon as possible" and praised hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's refusal to stop ongoing settlement buildings on occupaied lands as "unprecedented."

Clinton later clarified that the Obama administration still considers settlements "illegitimate" but also called on the two sides to resume negotiations even without the freeze demanded by the Palestinians.

The roadmap calls on Israel to remove all outpost settlements erected after 2001 and to stop settlement expansion, but thus far Israel has not heeded US and international demands for a complete settlement freeze.

Nimr Hammad, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Abbas would travel to Cairo Wednesday to discuss the plan with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

There was no immediate reaction from Security Council members. But Erekat said Russia, another permanent member of the Security Council, and unspecified European nations are "on board" with the Palestinian plan.

As one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, the U.S., accused of always siding with Israel, wields veto power over any resolution.

The World Court has ruled all settlements illegal under international law. Palestinians, who want their own state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, see the settlements as a land grab as an occupier "state".


Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Kasım 2009, 16:34