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UN Vote on Palestine State: US envoy 'threatens to punish' PA

Saturday August 27, 2011 12:05:34 PM, Agencies

Jerusalem: A senior American diplomat reportedly warned on Friday that the United States would cut aid to the Palestinian Authority if it asks the United Nations to recognise a Palestinian state next month.

 

"In case the Palestinian Authority seeks to upgrade its position at the UN through the General Assembly, the US Congress will take punitive measures against it, including a cut in US aid," Al Jazeera quoted Daniel Rubinstein, the US consul general in Jerusalem, citing a statement.

 

Rubinstein also said the United States would veto any resolution in the Security Council.

 

Rubinstein reportedly made those threats during a meeting with Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority's chief negotiator, according to a statement issued by Erekat's office.

 

But a US State Department spokesman said in an e-mail that Erekat's statement "is not an accurate portrayal of the US position," and denied that Rubinstein made those comments.

 

Several members of Congress - Democrats and Republicans alike - have already threatened to slash aid for the PA if it pursues the statehood vote.



 


 


 

 

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