Palestinians Submit Statehood Application to UN

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 12:06 pm (UTC-5)
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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Friday petitioned the United Nations to recognize a state of Palestine, despite U.S. and Israeli warnings against the bid.

Mr. Abbas submitted paperwork before addressing the U.N. General Assembly where he is expected to provide details of the Palestinian effort.

Trying to forestall the bid, the Obama administration has been pushing Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks, which stopped a year ago.

Mr. Abbas has rebuffed all appeals to drop the statehood bid.

An aide to Mr. Abbas said Thursday the Palestinian president believes the bid for U.N. membership will not prevent serious peace negotiations with Israel.

Clashes erupted in the West Bank ahead of Mr. Abbas' speech.

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man near Nablus in the West Bank on Friday after a confrontation erupted between Palestinians and Jewish settlers. Meanwhile, Palestinian protesters hurled rocks at Israeli forces in East Jerusalem and near Ramallah.

Israel says it had deployed 22,000 security officers across the country in advance of the speech to respond to possible unrest.

The U.N. Security Council could take weeks to consider the application, which would allow more time for diplomacy before the Palestinians consider their next move – approaching the U.N. General Assembly to upgrade their status to a non-voting observer state.