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Abbas hopes for deal in nine months

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said he will continue recently resumed negotiations with Israel with "an insistence on success" and the aim of reaching a peace deal within nine months.

Mr Abbas stressed that the Palestinians will reject an interim or transitional agreement that could become "eternalised".

"Our objective is to achieve a permanent and comprehensive agreement and a peace treaty between the state of Palestine and Israel that resolves all outstanding issues and answers all questions, which allows us to officially declare an end of conflict and claims," he said.

Mr Abbas said today he was honoured to address the UN General Assembly "for the first time in the name of the state of Palestine" since the 193-member world body raised Palestine's status last year to an observer state.

AP

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