PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said on Wednesday the Palestinians are pursuing the UN bid to upgrade Palestine to state status as a ways of “preventing further instability...and to save the chances for peace.”

In a meeting with US Consul General Michael Ratney in Jerusalem, Ashrawi added that it is important for the international community to "support our right to self-determination and freedom before all chances for an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital are destroyed."

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Dr. Ashrawi plans to meet with Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on October 25, in Ramallah.