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Abbas, Obama Discuss UN Initiative; US Balks

Sunday, 11 Nov 2012 05:47 PM

RAMALLAH, West Bank — A spokesman for Palestinian President President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinians will proceed with asking the U.N. General Assembly to recognize a Palestinian state, despite a personal call from President Barack Obama to abandon the bid.

Nabil Abu Rdeneh said Abbas had a long phone conversation with Obama Sunday evening.

He said Obama "expresses his opposition to this step," but Abbas replied he would carry on.

The United States and Israel have opposed upgrading the Palestinian status at the world body to nonmember observer state.

Israel and the United States say a Palestinian state can be established only through negotiations.

Talks broke down four years ago over the issue of Israeli settlement construction in lands the Palestinians claim for a state.

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