Palestinians to take settlement battle to UN

The move is part of Palestinian campaign to hike intn`l pressure on Israel.

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2010, 22:47 PM IST

Ramallah: A top Palestinian official says the Palestinians will ask the U.N. Security Council in the coming days to condemn Israeli settlement construction.

Saeb Erekat told Israel Radio on Wednesday that the resolution will be presented after the New Year.

With Mideast peace talks stalled, the move is part of a burgeoning Palestinian campaign to increase international pressure on Israel.
Negotiations broke down in late September after a limited freeze on settlement construction expired. The Palestinians say they will not resume talks until Israel renews the freeze.

The Palestinians have also been asking the international community to recognize an independent Palestinian state, even in the absence of a peace deal. Several Latin American countries have already supported the move.

Bureau Report