However, this was clearly not the case and the confusion within Abbas' own party was demonstrated when Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Riyad al-Maliki, in New York with Abbas, confirmed the vote was to take place one day after his office in Ramallah denied it.
Some frustrated senior Palestinian officials blasted Abbas for backing out as they see no reason to wait for further support.
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The US, Russia, European Union, UN, Arab League and the members of the UN Security Council will all attend the May meeting.
Ironically, neither Israel nor the Palestinians will be present.
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For several weeks, anticipation had been building in expectation of Abbas trying to secure a UN Security Council resolution on April 22nd condemning and declaring as illegal the ongoing construction in Israeli West Bank communities.
Palestinian diplomats continued to assure Western diplomats and the international media that the demand for a vote on the Palestinian resolution was not in question.