Palestine Seeks U.N. Status Upgrade

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27:  Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and President of the Palestinian Authority addresses the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2012 in New York City. The 67th annual event gathers more than 100 heads of state and government for high level meetings on nuclear safety, regional conflicts, health and nutrition and environment issues.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    There were no diagrams accompanying this speech. At the gathering of world leaders on Thursday, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas requested nonmember observer status from the United Nations to be granted by the end of the year. The Palestine Liberation Organization has permanent observer status, which does not allow it to participate in General Assembly debates. Should Abbas’s request be granted, it would boost Palestine’s chances of joining agencies within the U.N. and the International Criminal Court. Abbas announced at the General Assembly that talks had begun with “regional organizations and member states” to push toward this goal. Later in the day at the assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu stressed his country’s opposition to “unilateral declaration of statehood” for Palestine and focused instead on nuclear concerns in Iran.

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