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November 11, 2012 10:44 am

Palestinian Authority Moves Ahead With Unilateral Bid for UN Status Upgrade

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations. Photo: UN.

The Palestinian Authority’s representative to the United Nations over the weekend submitted to all 193 member states a first draft of the PA’s unilateral bid to upgrade its status from “observer” to “non-member observer state.”

The U.S. and Israel have opposed upgrading the Palestinians’ status at the UN. PA President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at a press conference in Ramallah on Sunday, saying that he will move forward with the bid despite pressure to abandon it.

“Some powers are trying to tell us that the two-state solution doesn’t come from the U.N. but through negotiations … Negotians are crucial. But to get U.N. recognition is also key,” Abbas said, according to Israel Hayom.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Nov. 9 met in Vienna with a group of Israeli ambassadors serving in European capitals to discuss the Palestinian UN bid. The purpose of the meeting was to hear the position of the countries where each ambassador serves, regarding the Palestinian bid, and to offer ways to prevent support for the PA move.

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