Palestinian leader rejects intl peace blueprint

September 24, 2011 - 11:35 AM
UN Mideast

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 66th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/David Karp)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is rejecting a peacemaking blueprint forwarded by international mediators.

Abbas said Saturday that the proposal by the U.S., European Union, United Nations and Russia is unacceptable because it doesn't demand a halt to Israeli settlement construction or negotiations based on pre-1967 borders before Israel captured land the Palestinians claim for their state.

He was speaking to reporters on the plane carrying him back from the United Nations, where he submitted a statehood bid on Friday.

Abbas also said he expects the U.N. Security Council to consider the bid within weeks.