Abbas adviser: Ready to replace UN bid with...

Abbas adviser: Ready to replace UN bid with talks

 By Ma'an News Agency

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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Presidential adviser Nimir Hammad said Thursday that Palestinian leaders would delay the September bid for UN recognition of a Palestinian state, if Israel agrees to negotiations based on a French peace initiative.

In an exclusive interview with Ma’an, the political adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas said the leadership are preparing the text for the declaration that will presented to the UN in September, should talks not go ahead.
It will include, he said, references to Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state, and UN resolutions 242 and 194 on the return of Palestinian refugees and establishment of a state based on territories prior to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967. 
Abbas accepted in June an initiative by France to relaunch stalled negotiations. 
The fresh push for talks based on 1967 borders and an end to settlement building could hold off the UN statehood bid, Hammad told Ma’an.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had not rejected the initiative, Hammad said, but asked for more time to discuss the proposal, referring to comments by the French Minister of Foreign Affairs
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for a July Palestinian donor conference in Paris to re-start a peace initiative between Palestinians and Israelis.