Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby on Sunday suggested Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reconsider his appeal to the U.N. to recognize an independent Palestinian state in September.
"The unilateral appeal to the U.N. Security Council and U.N. General Assembly could be a very dangerous move for the Palestinians during this period and I propose that Abbas reconsider the handling of the matter," Elaraby said.
Elaraby said the U.N. bid could be ill-timed because the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank is not in control of the situation in Gaza in the wake of a violent escalation with Israel in recent days.
Elaraby's comments come as Abbas prepares for the bid, expected to be brought before the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 21, by touring across Europe and elsewhere to raise international support.
Spain's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trinidad Jimenez, on Sunday said she hoped to use a Sept. 2 meeting of EU foreign ministers to drum up support for the Palestinian bid among Europe's leaders.