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Abbas says determined to pursue UN bid
Published Sunday 25/11/2012 (updated) 26/11/2012 16:46
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Palestinians hold placards depicting President Mahmoud Abbas
during a rally in support of Abbas' efforts to secure a diplomatic
upgrade at the United Nations, in Ramallah November 25, 2012.
(Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated on Sunday that he is determined pursue a UN bid to upgrade Palestine's status at the international body.

Abbas made the remarks while addressing a pro UN-bid rally outside the presidential compound in Ramallah.

"Today, the UN, and tomorrow we will achieve another right which is national reconciliation, something we must achieve," the president said.

"I hope other issues will be solved so that Gaza will live in peace and security because they have suffered a lot during the war in 2008-2009 and the recent war," he added.

Abbas said the Palestinians have asked for a just peace built on the legitimate international right to statehood, adding that without East Jerusalem as a capital there can not be a state, or any solution to the conflict.

All factions support the UN bid, which will be followed by political reconciliation and then independence, Abbas said.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said that he will travel to New York on Sunday to supervise last-minute arrangements before a vote in the UN General Assembly on Nov. 29.

The bid seems certain to win approval in any vote in the 193-nation assembly and could also grant access to bodies such as the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where Palestine could file complaints against Israel.

Reuters contributed to this report
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1 ) Michael / US
25/11/2012 19:35
If Abbas gets the UN bid, then Abbas will be responsible for all rockets fired at Israel. Think about it. Can he stop them? NO.

2 ) Amin / The Netherlands
25/11/2012 20:30
Mr. Abbas; keep the back straight for the UN-bid and close the rows for reconciliation !

3 ) gabi / australia
26/11/2012 00:43
Michael/US - if Likud gets back in, then Likud will be responsible for fillibustering on any Palestinian state. The difference is that the world, despite what Israel says, is getting a bit bored with Israeli intransigence, and are no longer believing the lies that issue forth from their propaganda machine.

4 ) Question / EU
26/11/2012 09:37
Michael: can Michel Suleiman (President of Lebanon) stop Hezbollah attacks from Lebanon? No. But should there (could there) be a state of Lebanon despite that fact? Yes. What is different with the case of Palestine in this sense?
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