PA official: Abbas to request full UN membership on Sept.23
By FELICE FRIEDSON/THE MEDIA LINE
September 15, 2011 18:43
Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki on Thursday said that PA President Mahmoud Abbas would "present the official request for the state of Palestine to be granted full membership” to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Septemebr 23 in New York.
According to Al-Malki, in recent days, he said, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton; Quartet envoy Tony Blair; and Obama representatives David Hale and Dennis Ross came to ‘Abbas, but “came empty handed. They had nothing new to offer… nothing to allow the Palestinians to climb down from the tree. We decided to go and we’re going [to the UN].”