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September 9, 2011

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U.S. to veto Palestinian state

By TIM MAK | 9/9/11 11:21 AM EDT

The Obama administration has announced for the first time publicly that it will veto any bid by the Palestinians to seek statehood recognition later this month at the United Nations, a move Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called “too late” to stop them.

For some time, President Barack Obama’s policy has been to oppose a unilateral attempt by the Palestinians to seek statehood, but Thursday was the first time that the administration explicitly said it would use its veto power on the U.N. Security Council.

The U.S. view is that Palestinian statehood should only come as a result of direct negotiations with Israel.

“To be frank with you, they came too late,” Abbas told reporters Thursday. They have “wasted all the time” since the beginning of the year, and had not produced any concrete proposals, Abbas added.

The Palestinian government plans to ask the Security Council for a vote on full membership status on Sept. 19. If, as now looks certain, the U.S. vetoes the bid, the Palestinians may ask for recognition from the General Assembly, where the vast majority of countries are believed to back statehood.

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