Abbas Pushes Ahead With Statehood Bid

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives for a meeting with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton at the Millennium Hotel on 44th Street during the 66th session of the General Assembly in New York on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has not replied to an offer from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resume peace talks in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, but he is holding meetings with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Foreign Secretary William Hague Tuesday to press his bid for full Palestinian statehood. Netanyahu has increased his pressure to stall Abbas’s U.N. application, but the Palestinian leader seems to be publicly ignoring his efforts. Abbas outlined his plan for full U.N. membership to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday.