December 21, 2010 - 1:00am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that recent recognition of the Palestinian statehood by some countries will encourage the Palestinians to stick to their peaceful choices.

At a meeting with Brazilian representatives in the Palestinian territories, Abbas praised Brazil for being the first Latin American country to recognize the Palestinian state, saying the Palestinians will stick to peaceful solution as "a strategic option," official Wafa news agency reported.

"Returning to the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations requires drawing up a clear goal based on the two-state solution and stopping all forms of settlement, including the so-called natural growth," Abbas said.

In September, the U.S.-brokered peace negotiations collapsed due to a dispute between the Palestinians and the Israeli over the resumption of Jewish settlement building in the West Bank.

The Palestinians vowed to go to the UN Security Council and grab an international recognition of the Palestinian state if the United States failed to convince Israel to halt the settlement building.

A possible unilateral Palestinian declaration of statehood has recently become a focus of the international community, following Brazil and Argentina's declared recognition of an independent Palestinian state within the pre-1967 lines. Uruguay announced soon afterward it will follow suit next year.


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