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Palestinians Set Up Committee to Lobby for State Recognition

The Palestinian Authority set up a committee to lobby for recognition of its state before the vote it will seek at the United Nations in September, said Nabil Shaath, a senior official.

“We will approach each state that hasn’t recognized us and ask them to do so,” he told journalists in the West Bank city of Ramallah today. The team will also “make sure those who have already recognized us will continue to do so” amid Israeli and U.S. pressure to backtrack.

Shaath, an official in Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, said he held “no hope for a constructive peace process at the moment before the coming U.S. presidential elections” in November 2012.

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks stalled in September after Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, refused to extend a nine-month construction freeze in West Bank settlements and Abbas said he wouldn’t resume negotiations without a full building halt.

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