'Palestinians officially begin UN state bid plans'
LAST UPDATED: 09/08/2011 14:09
More than 100 Palestinian officials submit official statehood plans to Ban Ki-moon in Ramallah ceremony, report says.
PA President Abbas at PLO Executive meeting Photo: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
Authority officially launched its bid to making Palestine the 194th state to join the UN Thursday,
announcing a series of "peaceful events" before the opening of the UN
General Assembly on September 20, the Press Association reported
The plans were announced in a letter that was submitted
to UN chief Ban Ki-moon at a ceremony in Ramallah's UN offices and was
attended by about 100 Palestinian officials and national activists,
Press Association said.
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The letter itself was presented by an
elderly Palestinian woman who had reportedly lost a son and had seven
other sons serving jail time in Israeli prisons because of terrorist
activities. She was chosen, the report said, because her story is
representative of the plight of the Palestinian people.
On Wednesday, the US - which sees the unilateral UN move as undermining chances to revive peace negotiations with Israel - officially asked the Palestinian Authority to abandon its
plan to ask the UN later this month to recognize a Palestinian state along the
The request was relayed to PA President Mahmoud Abbas by
US Middle East envoy David Hale during a meeting in Ramallah, Palestinian
officials said. The meeting was attended by senior White House official Dennis
Ross and US Consul-General in Jerusalem, Daniel Rubenstien.The officials
said that the US envoys did not carry any new proposals for reviving the peace
Keinon contributed to this report
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