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Palestinian Leader : I ask United Nations Security Council to end Israeli Occupation

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Sep 26th, 2014
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Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, at the United Nations on Friday- Agence France-Press

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, at the United Nations on Friday- Agence France-Press

New York ( Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) – The Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, accused Israel on Friday of failing to negotiate in good faith, said any return to negotiations would be “naïve at best” and called on the United Nations Security Council to press for a specific deadline to end Israeli occupation.

“It is impossible and I repeat – it is impossible – to return to the cycle of negotiations that failed to deal with the substance of the matter and the fundamental question,” Mr. Abbas said at the annual session of the General Assembly, reading from a prepared text but visibly enraged.

“The time has come to end this settlement occupation,” he said.

His speech, however, was short on details. He did not offer his own specific deadline for an Israeli withdrawal, as some had expected, nor did he say anything about joining the International Criminal Court, which his aides have repeatedly said he is prepared to do. He only hinted obliquely that he would seek accountability for alleged war crimes against Palestinians during the latest war with Israel.

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