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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.

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