Abbas Reaffirms UN Statehood Bid: “It’s Our Legitimate Right”


abbasPalestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has reaffirmed Palestine’s bid for UN membership, saying it should complement peace negotiations provided that Israel is prepared to negotiate on the basis of 1967 borders.

bbas said the PA’s decision to apply to join the United Nations “is our legitimate right” based on the 1947 UN resolution to form a Jewish and an Arab state in the region.

Abbas says the Palestinians are not seeking “to delegitimize Israel” by applying to join the United Nations “but to delegitimize its settlement activities and the seizure of our occupied lands.” Abbas’ message Tuesday for the UN’s annual day of solidarity with the Palestinian people was read by the Palestinian UN observer, Riyad Mansour.

{Noam Newscenter}