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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (left) poses for a picture with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after giving him a letter requesting recognition of Palestine as a state during the 66th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters on Sept. 23, 2011. (Associated Press)

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy (left) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meet Tuesday at a New York hotel during the U.N. General Assembly session. Mr. Sarkozy has proposed a one-year timetable for establishing a Palestinian state. (Associated Press)

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (center) arrives at his hotel in New York on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, to attend the 66th General Assembly session of the United Nations. (AP Photo/David Karp)

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (right) is greeted by legislator and activist Hanan Ashrawi (left) as he arrives at his hotel in New York on Sept. 19, 2011, to attend the 66th General Assembly session of United Nations, which begins Sept. 20. (Associated Press)

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures and the end of his speech in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. Abbas said Friday he would ask the Security Council next week to accept the Palestinians as full members at the United Nations. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a meeting of the Central Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization in the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 27, 2011. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (above right) meets with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov on Saturday in the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) plans visits soon to Poland, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria regarding the Palestinian statehood issue.

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**FILE** In this photo taken on Nov. 12, 2003, then Palestinian Finance Minister Salam Fayad (center), former government General Secretary Hasan Abu-Lebdeh (right) and former Labor Minister Ghassan Khatib (left) sit in an unknown office in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Associated Press)

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 25, 2011. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS/HAMAS MEDIA OFFICE Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (center left) shakes hands with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Cairo on Wednesday after agreement on a reconcilation pact. Left unresolved was who will lead the government to be formed. There was also no mention of relations with Israel.

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Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh insists Hamas won't give up control of its security forces or of Gaza after a unity pact with the Palestinian Authority, set to be signed Wednesday, takes effect. (Associated Press)

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Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh insists Hamas won't give up control of its security forces or of Gaza after a unity pact with the Palestinian Authority, set to be signed Wednesday, takes effect. (Associated Press)

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at a Fatah central council meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at a Fatah central council meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, March 16, 2011. Abbas said Wednesday he will not run for re-election. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

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Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad speaks to his Cabinet members after a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, Feb. 14 , 2011. The Palestinian prime minister dissolved his Cabinet in an emergency meeting Monday, in what appeared to be a new gesture by the Western-backed government to be inspired by unrest rocking the Arab world.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, 76, hasn't openly designated a favorite to succeed him, but insists it doesn't matter because he's not planning to step down anytime soon. (Associated Press)

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, 76, hasn't openly designated a favorite to succeed him, but insists it doesn't matter because he's not planning to step down anytime soon. (Associated Press)

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (Associated Press)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announces the transfer of budget assistance funds to the Palestinian Authority during a video conference Wednesday with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (background) in Washington. (Associated Press)

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says he won't have any "quick reactions" to Israel's resumption of settlement construction in the West Bank. (Associated Press)