Mahmud Abbas and Barack Obama
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Palestine: Abbas poised to bid for UN membership

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is poised to submit an historic request to the United Nations to admit Palestine as a member state.

President Abbas's determination to press ahead in the face of strong US opposition has prompted a serious attempt to revive the peace process.

The US said it will veto Palestine's membership bid.

Barbara Plett reports from New York.

  • 23 Sep 2011
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