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April 01, 2014 AT 9:34 AM
President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinians are "immediately" resuming their bid to win further U.N. recognition and has signed applications for 15 U.N. agencies and conventions. Abbas' surprise move late Tuesday could derail U.S.-brokered peace talks with Israel. The talks resumed in late July, and Abbas said at the time he would suspend attempts to join U.N. agencies and treaties for nine months. Abbas said Tuesday "we will apply to 15 agencies and conventions immediately" because Israel failed to keep its word.