PA President Mahmoud Abbas waiving 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Until Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered his speech at the UN General Assembly on September 23, there was a fair degree of confusion surrounding the Palestinian state's bid for UN membership. Since Abbas did not proclaim statehood before the UN bid, how could a non-state apply for membership? However, in his speech, Abbas provided the answer to this riddle: the Palestinian state that was applying for membership was the one proclaimed by the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat in Alger on November 15, 1988.
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