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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Obama tells Abu Mazen he will use the veto

President Obama told 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen that the United States will use its veto against a 'Palestinian' effort to attain 'statehood' via the United Nations Security Council.
US President Barack Obama told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday that UN action would not achieve a Palestinian state and the United States would veto any Security Council move to recognize Palestinian statehood, the White House said.

"We would have to oppose any action at the UN Security Council including, if necessary, vetoing," Ben Rhodes, the White House national security council spokesman, told reporters after Obama met Abbas in New York.
Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said that a vote in the Security Council is 'several weeks away' leaving plenty of time for diplomacy to avoid an American veto.
"It will probably take several weeks (before a vote takes place) and those weeks can be used to develop a strategy," Juppe told reporters in New York. The Palestinians are preparing to present their statehood bid on Friday.

Conflicting comments made earlier by senior Palestinian officials further added to the uncertainty surrounding the PA's UN bid. Nabil Shaath, a senior official in Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party said, "We will give some time to the Security Council to consider first our full membership request before heading to the General Assembly."

An hour later, Saeb Erekat, a senior aide to Abbas and former chief of negotiations for the Palestinian Authority denied that a delay was on the agenda, saying Abbas has no plans to agree to a delayed vote. "We will not allow any political maneuvering on this issue," he said.
If a vote is still several weeks away, how will the 'Palestinians' know when to riot.

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