Talks with Israel won't stop Palestinian UN bid

By the Associated Press | June 23, 2011 | 7:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians say they will be coming to the U.N. in September seeking membership as an independent state even if peace negotiations with Israel are underway.

Palestinian U.N. envoy Riyad Mansour said the Palestinians are working on three independent tracks — restarting negotiations, completing the institutions for an independent state, and gaining additional recognition for a Palestinian state.

"If we succeed in opening the door for negotiations, we're not going to stop from attaining what belongs to us as Palestinians in this General Assembly starting on Sept. 20," he told reporters after the Security Council monthly meeting on the Mideast on Thursday.

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor told reporters that "doing anything unilateral would not be constructive."