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Going to UN "irreversible Arab decision" -- Abbas

CAIRO, Sept 14 (KUNA) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated on Wednesday that the Palestinian and Arab decision to go to the General Assembly of the United Nations and the UN Security Council in order to obtain full membership for Palestine in the international organization was an "irreversible Arab decision", noting that resorting to the United Nations is not a unilateral step.
Abbas said during a meeting with the Egyptian newspaper editors that "Our decision to go to the United Nations does not mean we are against the negotiations and we decided to do so because there is no new in the negotiations".
"However, we are not distant from the Israelis and I personally met with Israeli President and Defense Minister Ehud Barak more than once, but they did not come with anything new in terms of pushing forward the peace process", he added.
And on future steps after going to the United Nations, Abbas said, "Whatever the result, we will forward the matter to the Palestinian leadership to take the appropriate decision." In response to a question about the feasibility of taking a symbolic step to go to the United Nations and maybe collide with the United States, Abbas said, "This move is not symbolic and when we are recognize us as a country we become a country under occupation by a Member of the United Nations and negotiate with Israel as a state and this makes the case similar to the land of Sinai before and the Syrian and Lebanese territories occupied by Israel.". (end).
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