Palestinian leader: There will be no new uprising

AP , Wednesday 20 Apr 2011

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejects armed resistance, insists on US backing for peace

The Palestinian president says he is opposed to another armed uprising against Israel, even if faltering peace efforts fail altogether.

Mahmoud Abbas told reporters in Tunisia on Wednesday that he remains committed to a U.S.-backed target of reaching a negotiated peace agreement with Israel by September.

But with talks stalled for months, he repeated his plan to unilaterally seek United Nations endorsement of Palestinian independence in September in the absence of a deal.

A U.N. vote would be largely symbolic, and it remains unclear what the Palestinians will do after that.

Abbas says whatever happens, he "will not accept" a third armed uprising. He noted last decade's uprising against Israel was "disastrous" for the Palestinians.

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