April 20, 2011 - 12:00am

The Palestinian leadership on Wednesday reiterated that it will seek state's recognition from the United Nations despite U.S. opposition.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, a Palestine Liberation Organization official, said the Palestinians want the world to recognize their state on the lands that Israel has occupied in 1967 because "the United States failed to resume serious peace negotiations" between Israel and the Palestinians.

On Tuesday, the U.S. said it rejected the Palestinian plan for the recognition, saying that the Palestinian state must come through a negotiated agreement with Israel.

Washington also called on Israel and the Palestinians to restart peace talks that broke down when Israel resumed building Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Abed Rabbo said the Palestinians also want supports from the Middle East Quartet to their Plan B, which includes seeking the recognition of independence in September.

The Quartet comprises the United States, European Union, Russia and the United Nations.


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