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PA still resolved to go ahead with UN bid
The acting Palestinian Authority Chief, Mahmoud Abbas gives a speech in Ramallah on October 13, 2012.
The acting Palestinian Authority Chief, Mahmoud Abbas gives a speech in Ramallah on October 13, 2012.
Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:30AM
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We agreed to go get the vote on November 29...the majority needed for the vote will be on our side."

The acting Palestinian Authority Chief, Mahmoud Abbas

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The Palestinian Authority (PA) has told the Arab League's foreign ministers that it will go ahead with presenting the United Nations General Assembly with a request to upgrade Palestine’s status at the UN from “observer entity” to “observer state.”


"We agreed to go get the vote on November 29...the majority needed for the vote will be on our side," the acting PA Chief, Mahmoud Abbas told Arab foreign ministers in Cairo on Monday.

Palestine needs a majority vote from the General Assembly’s 193 members to win the statehood bid.

The status will grant Palestine access to UN agencies and the International Criminal Court.

Last September, the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) accepted the Palestinian Authority as a full member.

In a telephone conversation on Sunday, Obama called on Abbas to abandon the bid.

In response, Abbas said that reasons and motives for the Palestinian decision include the “continued [Israeli] settlement activity and Israeli aggression against citizens and property," according to Abbas' spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeina.

The United States and Israel have been trying to obstruct Palestinian efforts towards achieving statehood status with the world body for the past two years. The two assert that Palestinians would have to first return to the negotiation table with Tel Aviv.

In 2010, Israel broke down the talks after refusing to extend a moratorium on its settlement activities on the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Abbas reiterated that the PA would hold negotiations with Israel on the day after it wins the observer state status at the United Nations.

He also took a swipe at Israel for accelerating settlement construction on the Occupied Palestinian Territories, saying, "We want the world to understand that Palestinian lands are UNder occupation and that the settlements won't change that fact."

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