Palestinian state: Abbas to seek full UN membership
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has confirmed he will apply to the United Nations Security Council for full UN membership of a Palestinian state.
He said full UN status was a legitimate right for the Palestinian people. His speech came ahead a meeting of the UN General Assembly next week.
Mr Abbas's move sets up a confrontation with Israel, which sees the initiative as an attempt to isolate it.
Jeremy Bowen reports.
16 Sep 2011
- From the section Middle East