New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Palestinians submit U.N. statehood bid
UNTTED NATIONS (AP)
The Palestinian leader t(X)k his people's quest for independence to the heart of world diplomacy Friday, seeking U.N. recognition of Palestine and sidestep-[)ing negotiations that have foundered for nearly two decades under the weight of inflexibility, violence and failure of will.
The bid to win recognition of a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east jerusalem — submitted over the objections of the U.S. — laid bare the dec'p sense of Palestinian exasperation after 44 years of Israeli o( cupation.
"The time is now for the f^ilestinian Spring, the time for independence," Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared.
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After Abbas submitted his formal application, international mediators called on Israel and the Palestinians to return to long-stalled negotiations and reach an agreement no later than next year.
The Quartet — the U.S., European Union, U.N. and Russia — urged both f>ar-ties to draw up an agenda for peace talks within a month and produce comprehensive proposals on territory and security within three months.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the proposal "re()re-sents the tirm conviction of the international community that a just and lasting peace can only come through negotiations between the f)arties."
Similar plans have failed to profluce a peace agrc^e-ment, and it was unc lear how the two sides could bridge their huge differ-
ences and resume talks.
The Quartet statement was radically different from what diplomats had be(ni hoping to draft since it became t lear that Abbas would not back down.
U.S. and European offi cials had been trying to craft a statement that would outline parameters of the negotiations, including a reference to bordt'rs being based t)n the 19f)7 lines and affirm Israel's identity as a lewish state.
Instead, the (.Quartet focused on [)ro[)osing deadline's.
World sym[)athy for the Palestinian tause was evident from the thunderous ap )lause that greeted Ab )as as he mounted the dais in the United Nations Cjeneral Assembly hall to deliver a s[>eech that laid out his grievances against the Israeli o(cuf)ation and why he felt com[)elled to take his appeal directly to the U.N.
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