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Campaign for UN bid launched in Ramallah

Aug. 10, 2011 2:20 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 11, 2011 10:06 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The national campaign to support Palestine's bid for membership of the United Nations was launched Tuesday in Ramallah.

Representatives of civil society, unions and youth activists met for the first meeting of the campaign's preparatory committee.

The campaign aimed to intensify efforts to garner support for Palestine's UN bid in September, a statement said.

Coordinator Omer Al-Faqeeh said the campaign aimed to support the Palestinian leadership's diplomatic and political efforts.

Amer Abu Shams, another coordinator, said campaigners planned to meet Palestinian Authority leaders, factions and international organizations.

The committee prepared a letter to be sent to all member states of the UN urging diplomats to support Palestine's membership of the world body and its right to establish a free, independent state, said campaigner Eyad Al-Amlah.

On Tuesday, PLO official Saeb Erekat denied that Palestinian Authority was planning to delay its bid for recognition at the UN in September, despite media reports.

Erekat described as "completely false" reports suggesting negotiators were considering a deal to put off the bid for statehood, a move opposed by Israel and the US.

Erekat, speaking during a meeting in Jericho with US and Spanish envoys in Jerusalem, said the bid to join the UN as a member state would not preclude negotiations with Israel.
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