Sep 17, 2011

VOA Special English News 47

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has promised to seek full membership in the United Nations next week. Mr. Abbas said Friday that Palestinians have a right to full membership. He also said Palestinians have a right to independence. And he said a Palestinian state must have borders that were in place before Israel took control of Palestinian territories in 1967. Mr. Abbas spoke to Palestinian leaders in Ramallah on Friday. He will speak at the UN General Assembly in New York on September 23. At that time, he could ask the Security Council to accept an independent Palestine as a member state. Both Israel and the United States oppose the move.

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