Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
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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.

Addressing the General Assembly shortly afterwards, he called on the Security Council to immediately approve full Palestinian membership of the UN.

Israel and the US say a Palestinian state can only be achieved through talks with Israel.

James Robbins reports.

  • 23 Sep 2011
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