Israel: Abbas avoiding direct peace talks with UN statehood bid

14.08.2011                      14.Aw-Elul, 5771

Diplomatie:

Israel: Abbas avoiding direct peace talks with UN statehood bid

Palestinian FM says that Mahmoud Abbas will personally present Palestinian bid for full UN membership at General Assembly meeting in New York on September 20.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office released a statement on Saturday evening, calling the decision by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to seek recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations in September an "expected but regrettable step."
"[Abbas] has apparently decided to avoid direct negotiations with Prime Minister Netanyahu," the statement read. Netanyahu "still believes that only direct and real negotiations – not unilateral decisions – can advance the peace process."…