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Palestine to bid for recognition of 'statehood' in UN next month

August 14, 2011 - London

The Palestinian authorities have said they will present an application for international recognition of statehood to the United Nations next month.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will submit the application in New York during the 66th General Assembly, due to open on 20 September, The BBC reports.

The Palestinian Authority has said it can no longer wait for independence to be reached through the stalled peace talks with Israel.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said the President would 'personally present the bid to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon' when the assembly opens.

Lebanon will hold the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council in September, and Malki said the Palestinians were hopeful that this would boost their chances of success.


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