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Arab League chief says Palestinians to petition UN

 Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby walks past an honor guard during an arrival ceremony in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Dec. 29...
 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, sits with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby, left, and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel...
 Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby, second right, and Egyptian foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr, third right, walk past an honor guard dur...
 Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby speaks during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Ma...
 Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby, center, speaks during a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr, right, ...

Mideast Israel Palestinians

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby walks past an honor guard during an arrival ceremony in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Dec. 29...

Mideast Israel Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, sits with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby, left, and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel...

Mideast Israel Palestinians

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby, second right, and Egyptian foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr, third right, walk past an honor guard dur...

Mideast Israel Palestinians

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby speaks during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Ma...

Mideast Israel Palestinians

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby, center, speaks during a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr, right, ...

Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby says two decades of talks with Israel have been "a waste of time" and that Palestinians will soon take a new statehood bid to the U.N.
"We will return to the U.N. Security Council," he said in Ramallah Saturday after meeting Palestinian officials. "Palestine will be cooperating with Arab and EU countries to change the equation (in the peace process) that prevailed over the past 20 years, which was a waste of time."
The U.N. last month endorsed a de facto Palestinian state in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza, areas Israel won in a 1967 war.
Talks collapsed in 2008 after Palestinians demanded Israel stop building in areas they want for a future state. Israel insists settlements and other issues should be negotiated.


Updated : 2021-01-23 19:19 GMT+08:00