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Palestine to push for U.N. membership

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 01:18

Sept. 19 - Palestine will push ahead with plans to seek full U.N. membership -- a move the U.S. and Israel believe could have negative repercussions. Deborah Gembara reports.

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Palestine is going ahead with plans to seek full United Nations membership -- this is the latest according to president Mahmoud Abbas who met with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the U.N. on Monday. It's a move Israel and the U.S. against -- arguing a Palestinian state can only be created through direct negotiations, and not through the United Nations. The U.S. has made clear it will veto a vote if it reaches the security council. Palestine says it hasn't ruled out asking for a less controversial upgrade to their status. Abbas is confident he can garner enough support to see Palestine classified as an "entity" as opposed to non-member state --a distinction Palestinians say could pass with support from at least 126 members of the 193-member body. The debate over Palestinian statehood will likely remain front and center this week as international leaders gather at the 66th United Nations General Assembly. Deborah Gembara, Reuters.

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Palestine to push for U.N. membership

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 01:18