PLO: PA cannot officially launch UN state bid

The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) denied on Thursday the official launch of the UN Palestinian statehood-recognition bid, saying that the Palestinian Authority "does not have any international relations mandate," Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reported.
Earlier, it was reported that the Palestinian Authority had submitted a letter with the move's official plans to UN chief Ban Ki-moon in ceremony with more than 100 Palestinian officials and activists. "The only one that can negotiate or sign agreements is the PLO," a PLO spokesman said, adding that the PLO would be the group that would officially launch the UN petition.
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