President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that the Palestinian Authority insists on going to the UN seeking UN bid for international recognition of a Palestinian state under occupation.Abbas said in a ceremony at an-Najah National university in Nablus that the PA is willing to take this step regardless of conflicts with other interests.Â
â€śEven if this step conflicts with other parties’ interests, we will not step back,â€ť Abbas said.
The Palestinian President added, â€śIsrael neither halted settlement activities, nor recognized the Palestinian territory occupied in 1967 as occupied territory. Thus, the only choice we have is to go to the UN equipped with a united Arab stance.’Â
The PA has submitted a request to the UN in Swptember of last year to accept Palestine as a member state, a resolutinthat has o be approved by the UN Security Council. Â Until this moment the UN did not approve or reject the Palestnian statehood bid.
Abbas also denounced the attack on Egyptian soldiers in Sinai Sunday evening. â€śThis was a crime which we condemn. I phoned Presiden Mursi to offer condolences and we decided to lower flags to half-mast for one day in honor of the Egyptian martyrs. Egypt has done a lot to the Palestinian cause for tens of years.â€ť