Palestinians set date for statehood showdown at UN
By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
August 13, 2011 16:24
NEW YORK - The Palestinians on Saturday set the date for the much anticipated vote over Palestinian statehood at the United Nations for September 20, according to AFP.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki wrote to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon informing him he would raise the issue on the first day of the UN's annual gathering at its headquarters in New York.
“Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will personally present the request to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon... at the opening of the sixty-sixth session," he was quoted as saying by the French news wire. “[Abbas] will insist on this historic initiative and Ban Ki-moon will present the request to the Security Council.”