Egypt reiterates it may seek UN help for Palestinian state

Friday, October 15, 2010

'Maybe we will resort to the international community to ask them to recognise a Palestinian state, and also to give it a legitimate seat in the General Assembly,' Aboul Gheit said.

Aboul Gheit, speaking on the sidelines of a meeting in Brussels this week, said his country was 'seeking new horizons for the peace process' between the Israel and the Palestinians.

Several Arab states have expressed support for taking the issue of Palestinian statehood to the United Nations after Israel refused to extend the 10-month freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank.

The comments come shortly after the Israeli Housing Ministry published tenders for 238 new housing units in East Jerusalem, a move which could further jeopardize the uncertain resumption of the negotiations.