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August 14, 2012 8:32 am

Palestinian Authority Weighs Risks of UN Status Bid

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Ynet – The Palestinian Authority is pursuing a new bid for statehood ahead of the next UN General Assembly meeting in New York City in September, where Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will ask the UN to upgrade the PA’s status to that of “non-member state.”

Palestinian sources told the London-based Arab newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that the United States, European Union and various Arab states are pressuring Ramallah against the move, citing bad timing – the UNGA is meeting a mere two months ahead of the presidential elections in the US.

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