Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday announced his intention to request an upgrade for the PA's United Nations status on September 27th.
“When we go to the UN, we will say we are a state under occupation," Ma'an News Agency quoted Abbas as saying. Speaking at a news conference in Ramallah, Abbas dismissed the United States' opposition to the UN bid. "We have 133 states who recognize a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital, in addition to dozens of other countries with whom we have good relations and diplomatic representation,” he said, according to Ma'an.
Abbas also criticized Israel for not ceding to Palestinian preconditions for negotiation such as ending settlement activity.