Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas
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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas makes UN statehood bid

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has submitted his bid to the UN for recognition of a Palestinian state.

To rapturous applause in the General Assembly, he urged the Security Council to back a state with pre-1967 borders.

He said the Palestinians had entered negotiations with Israel with sincere intentions, but blamed the building of Jewish settlements for their failure.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he was reaching out to Palestinians and blamed them for refusing to negotiate.

Jeremy Bowen reports.

  • 23 Sep 2011
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