Abbas postpones formation of unity government in bid to appease Western allies

07.07.2011                      05.Tammus, 5771

Diplomatie:

Abbas postpones formation of unity government in bid to appease Western allies

PA leaders fear unity government will derail efforts to win UN nod in September to establish Palestinian state.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas may hold off on the formation of a unity government with the Islamic militant group Hamas to avoid alienating his Western allies ahead of a UN vote on statehood, a senior PLO official said Thursday.
Palestinian leaders had apparently underestimated international opposition, particularly from the U.S., to any Hamas involvement in the government and are afraid that it will derail efforts to win the UN nod in September to establish a Palestinian state….