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Saturday, 01 December 2012 - 12:28
Abbas calls for renewed talks with Israel after UN vote
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Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas called for a return to peace talks, but slammed Israel's latest settlement plans in reaction to a United Nations vote recognizing Palestine as a non-member state.

In the landmark Thursday vote in New York, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly backed a resolution recognizing Palestine within the 1967 borders as a non-member observer state.

Israel lashed out in response yesterday, with an official confirming of plans to build 3,000 settler homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, without specifying exactly where they were to be sited.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had previously warned that by going to the UN, the Palestinians had "violated" previous agreements with Israel, such as the 1993 Oslo Accords, and that his country would "act accordingly."

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