It's Official: P.A. to Seek Statehood at U.N.

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JERUSALEM, Israel - The Palestinian Liberation Organization says it will seek unilateral recognition of statehood at the United Nations in September and called on the nations of the world for support.

The said the move is based on the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, the Quartet's -- U.S., E.U., U.N. and Russia -- position, and President Barack Obama's vision for a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders.

According to P.A. officials, their intent "does not counter their willingness to enter negotiations" but rather will "boost efforts to continue real negotiations."

Palestinian Arab leaders continue to accuse Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government of "ruining every opportunity to return to the negotiating table."

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he has had "no new incentives to return to negotiations."

Abbas also said he's keen on reconciling with his Hamas counterparts and is "still determined to go to Gaza," which he said "will be a surprise for all."

Meanwhile, Israeli officials have been meeting with various European officials to ask them not to support the unilateral declaration.

So far, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, along with the U.S., have come forward publicly in opposition to the move.

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