Sep 25 - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas makes his bid for peace at the United Nations, while also calling for an end to settlements. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Clashes in the West Bank. Scores of Palestinians and international activists faced tear gas and other threats from Israeli security forces Saturday. During an anti settlement protest in the West Bank. Com has a moratorium on settlement is set to expire. And as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas makes his bid for peace at the United Nations. Woman Republican have to keep an eye level of -- read this and -- to promote -- Proceeding from our genuine desire to realizing just comprehensive and lasting peace in the region we have decided to enter into final status negotiations. Who exert every effort to reach an agreement for Palestinian. Israeli peace. In one year in accordance with resolutions of international legitimacy of the Arab peace initiative on the road map. And provision of the two state solution. We have reaffirmed in the name of the Palestinian organization. Our adherence to a just peace option that that was. And our determination. Seriousness. And sincere intention. To success of these negotiations. In spite of all the difficulties and obstacles. And before it. Went out about. -- pop buddy grew up. did not refer to the expiration of the settlement moratorium on Sunday that said Israel must choose between peace and settlement. In the parliament diluted there's been this -- What I -- has thought. Our demands for the secession of settlement activities. The lifting of the siege and putting an end to all other illegal Israeli policies and practices. Do not constitute arbitrary preconditions and the peace process. But are consistent with implementation. And obligations and previous commitments. Compliance with which has been repeatedly reaffirmed in resolutions adopted since the very start of the peace process. Israel's implementation of these obligations and commitments. -- lead to the creation of the necessary environment for the success of the negotiations and give credibility. The pledge to implement the final agreement reached. Israel must choose between peace and continuation. Of settlements. -- and the main thing that I'm less than -- Abbas has repeatedly threatened to break up the fragile negotiations with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Over this settlement. The US supervised talks are aimed at reaching a peace agreement within a year. Netanyahu whose rightist coalition government includes pro settler parties. Has so far deflected US president Barack Obama is pleased to extend the freeze. It's also say we need construction in the settlements. On leveraging scale. Ever -- backward.