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Abbas defies US with formal call for Palestinian recognition by UN
Posted By admin On September 24, 2011 @ 4:25 am In World News | Comments Disabled
London Guardian 
Sept 24, 2011
Mahmoud Abbas has formally asked the United Nations to recognise a Palestinian state, defying intense US pressure to abandon the move with a powerful appeal to the conscience of the world to recognise that the Palestinian people were entitled to their own “Arab spring”.
The Palestinian leader was greeted with extended applause as he told the UN general assembly that he was seeking recognition of a Palestinian state on land occupied by Israel since 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital because nearly two decades of peace negotiations had failed.
“I do not believe anyone with a shred of conscience can reject our application for a full membership of the United Nations and our admission as a full-member state,” he said. “At a time when the Arab people affirm their quest for democracy – the Arab spring – the time is now for the Palestinian spring, the time for independence.
“It is a moment of truth and my people are waiting to hear the answer of the world. Will it allow Israel to continue its occupation, the only occupation in the world?”
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