Abbas: Prime Minister Netanyahu, End the Occupation, Make Peace

Addressing students in New York, Palestinian president says will present UN with new timetable for peace talks, AFP reports.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas acknowledges the audience after delivering a speech at Cooper Union, Sept. 22, 2014.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas acknowledges the audience after delivering a speech at Cooper Union, Sept. 22, 2014.Credit: AP

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Monday evening in New York he intends to present a new timetable for peace talks with Israel during his address to world leaders at the United Nations this week.

"I say today to Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu: end the occupation, make peace," Abbas told an audience in New York, AFP reported.

Addressing an audience of student in the Cooper Union hall, Abbas said: "The international community has the responsibility to protect our people, living under the terror of settlers, an occupying army."

"We cannot understand how the Israeli government can be so misguided as to fail to understand that the indiscriminate bombing of Gaza that killed thousands of women and children only sowed more hate," Abbas said, according to AFP.

Abbas is looking to promote a General Assembly resolution stating that the borders of the future Palestinian state will be based on the 1967 lines, and that the timetable for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank should be no longer than three years.

"This week I will propose to the United Nations a new timetable for peace talks," Abbas said, AFP reported.

On Tuesday, Abbas will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the issue. The Americans oppose Abbas' move and will most likely veto a Palestinian motion for a resolution in the UN Security Council. On Friday, Abbas will address the UN General Assembly, presenting his diplomatic plan and formally launch the renewed unilateral Palestinian move in the Security Council.

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