Palestinians say they will press on with UN bid

Sep 7 2011 - 9:50am

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Senior White House envoy David Hale, left, sits with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting at Abbas's headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. The Palestinians on Tuesday said they would not give in to American pressure to drop their bid for statehood at the United Nations, taking a tough position ahead of a meeting with Hale and Dennis Ross. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A Palestinian man holds a sign protesting US involvement in the Middle East, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Two senior White House envoys, David Hale and Dennis Ross, arrived in the region on Tuesday for talks with Israel and Palestinian officials. The U.S. has been trying to persuade the Palestinians to drop their plan to ask the U.N. this month to approve their independence and instead resume peace talks with Israel.(AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
Palestinian women view destroyed houses at the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank Sunday April 28, 2002. A United Nations fact finding team is still waiting for Israel's approval to visit the camp, where Palestinians accuse Israel of a massacre. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
Senior White House envoy David Hale, left, sits with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting at Abbas's headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. The Palestinians on Tuesday said they would not give in to American pressure to drop their bid for statehood at the United Nations, taking a tough position ahead of a meeting with Hale and Dennis Ross. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A Palestinian man holds a sign protesting US involvement in the Middle East, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Two senior White House envoys, David Hale and Dennis Ross, arrived in the region on Tuesday for talks with Israel and Palestinian officials. The U.S. has been trying to persuade the Palestinians to drop their plan to ask the U.N. this month to approve their independence and instead resume peace talks with Israel.(AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
Palestinian women view destroyed houses at the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank Sunday April 28, 2002. A United Nations fact finding team is still waiting for Israel's approval to visit the camp, where Palestinians accuse Israel of a massacre. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The Palestinians say a last-minute American effort has failed to stop them from moving ahead with their U.N. statehood bid.

Two senior White House envoys met Wednesday with Palestinian officials and tried to persuade them to drop their plan to ask the U.N. this month to approve their independence and instead resume peace talks with Israel.

A senior Palestinian official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the information, said the American envoys did not bring anything new concerning the peace process that would enable talks to resume.

The Palestinians say they are turning to the U.N. after years of sporadic, and inconclusive, peace talks with Israel. The United States and Israel fiercely oppose the U.N. bid.

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