December 16, 2010 - 1:00am

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Thursday condemned a United States congress resolution opposing the Palestinian quest to gain international recognition of their future state.

The resolution of the U.S. house of representatives "is unjustified and doesn't help the U.S. administration's role as a sponsor of the peace process in the Middle East," said Ahmed Majdalani, a member of the PLO's Executive Committee.

The Palestinians want the world to recognize their state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza in response to Israel's refusal to halt settlement buildings in the West Bank, however, late on Wednesday, the U.S. house of representatives unanimously approved a resolution against any Palestinian attempt to gain recognition away from peace talks with Israel.

"The pro-Israel house wants to obstruct the Palestinian independence for the sake of Israel," Majdalani said, adding the Palestinians will continue their efforts to obtain more recognition for the future state.

In September, the U.S.-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed after Israel refused to extend a 10- month moratorium over freezing settlement constructions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The Palestinian National Authority said it will go to the Security Council to snatch a resolution recognizing a Palestinian state on the lands that Israel occupied in 1967.


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