Palestinians Plan 'Masssive' Push for Recognition

By Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

Published July 18, 2011.

The Palestinian Authority is planning a massive diplomatic campaign to gain recognition of statehood from both the United Nations as well as individual countries, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Sunday, according to a report by Ma’an News Agency.

Erekat explained that the PA had a two-prong goal: “First gaining recognition of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital, secondly gaining membership as a state in the UN.”

The PA negotiator called the recognition campaign “massive”, according to the Ma’an report, and the initiative is being spearheaded by Fatah parliamentary bloc leader Azzam Ahmad and Palestine People’s Party representative Bassam Salhi, who will travel to China to lobby support.

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