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Abbas to seek wider peace process in rare UN speech

Grant Rumley
19th February 2018 - Quoted by Agence France Presse

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will call for an alternative to US-mediated negotiations with Israel during a rare address to the United Nations Security Council, Palestinian officials said Monday.

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Grant Rumley, who focuses on Palestinian politics at the US think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the Palestinians had reduced their rejection of any American role.

"Initially (after Trump's recognition of Jerusalem) they said the US could play no role whatsoever, but they've recently clarified that the US can play a role, it will just have to be in a multilateral format."

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