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PA Minister announces plan to return to UN to achieve "non-member state" status, as first step to gaining full-member status
"Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki announced yesterday that on November 27 Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will file an application [for Palestine] to be accepted as a non-member state in the UN General Assembly. Al-Malki told journalists at his office that 'Palestine will approach the..."
Aug 5, 2012
Abbas: PA will relaunch unilateral statehood campaign at UN
PA Chairman Abbas: "We went to the UN in order to obtain recognition as a state. The first time we weren't successful, but certainly - Allah willing - we will succeed the second time. We are a nation that deserves a state. We have all the foundations of a state. We have all the institutions of a..."
Jul 28, 2012
PA Minister: PA to unilaterally seek "non-member statehood" at the UN after US elections
"Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki said... in the coming period they will strive to secure votes from 180 of the 193 member states of the UN General Assembly. He said: 'The PA is not afraid of the American threat of sanctions that could lead to the end of political contacts, economic aid, and closing..."
Jul 24, 2012
Now that Palestine has UN observer status, bring to justice Israeli leaders for ethnic cleansing and war crimes
Article by PA daily regular columnist Adel Abd Al-Rahman: Headline: “Needed after statehood” “A few things called for by Palestine’s new status at the U.N. An official announcement by Palestine, the Arabs, Israel, and the UN that the [Oslo] Declaration of Principles is dead and no longer needed for...”
Feb 12, 2012
PA Minister: UN membership will ensure prisoners are recognized as legitimate fighters, not terrorists
Headline: "Karake: The strategy of linking the return to negotiations with the release of prisoners enjoys a broad political consensus." "Membership in the UN will realize three victories for the prisoners. … [PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs] Karake stated that Palestinian membership in the UN,..."
Nov 24, 2011
PA official Nabil Shaath: The Palestinian leadership initiated the armed struggle, PA is determined to apply for statehood, despite "international threats"
Headline: “In spite of international threats and pressure that the PA is contending with – Shaath declares that the leadership is determined to apply to the UN, and the price will not be taken into account” “In spite of international threats and pressure on the PA to dissuade it from applying to...”
Nov 8, 2011
Abbas seeks recognition of Palestine as a UN member state
PA TV News broadcasts interview with PA Chairman Abbas from Russia Today TV, an Arab TV channel in Russia: Abbas: "We went to the [UN] Security Council in order to ask for recognition of the State of Palestine as a UN member state. Since '47, since [UN] Resolution 181 which established two states –..."
Oct 2, 2011
PA Minister: Palestinian prisoners are “war captives” and should be released
Headline: "Karake: Recognition of the independent State of Palestine on the 1967 borders will be beneficial for the legal status of the Palestinian prisoners" "[Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa] Karake said: 'The leadership's appeal to the UN will be beneficial for the prisoners' cause.' He..."
Sep 29, 2011
Abbas addresses UN General Assembly seeking recognition for Palestinian state
"...Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, We profoundly appreciate and value the positions of all States that have supported our struggle and our rights and recognized the State of Palestine following the Declaration of Independence in 1988, as well as the countries that have recently recognized the..."
Sep 23, 2011
PA TV highlights PA statehood bid at the UN with song
PA TV spot shows a young Palestinian girl in a car going through an Israeli check-point. The girl dreams of a future independent Palestinian state, visualizing herself going through the passport control at a Palestinian airport. The logo for the Palestinian statehood bid at the UN appears...
Sep 13, 2011
PA TV highlights PA statehood bid with repeating UN logo puzzle clip
The UN logo is shown as a puzzle missing a piece. The Palestinian flag in the form of a puzzle piece completes the UN puzzle. One of the two Palestinian anthems "My Homeland" is played in the background. Click to view video Click to view bulletin
Sep 13, 2011
International community legitimizes Palestinian terror if it recognizes a Palestinian state
"[PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa] Karake while visiting prisoners' families at Qalandiya refugee camp... explained that the international recognition of the Palestinian State changes all the imprisoned Palestinians into prisoners of a state, prisoners of war held hostage in another..."
Sep 8, 2011
PA TV clip highlights UN statehood bid: "We're going to the UN carrying our seat"
The PA created a chair with the text "Palestine's Right. A full membership in the United Nations". The chair has been touring different capitals in the world and is supposed to arrive in New York on September 20. Translation of text: "We're going to the UN, carrying our seat in our hands." Click to...
Sep 8, 2011
Abbas stresses commitment to UN statehood request, even if US stops aid to the PA
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "Pressure is indeed being exerted so that we won't go [to the UN]... but ultimately there is a supreme Palestinian interest according to which we want to act. ... We have indeed been told that Congress will halt the aid, whether we go to the UN Security Council or to the..."
Aug 29, 2011
Fatah message to Europe: Accept a Palestinian state or Middle East will be drawn into “a tumult of anarchy”
Headline: "Fatah: World must choose between supporting us in September or an explosion of the region" "Fatah warned that obstruction of the path to the UN in September, to attain a Palestinian state, is threatening to demolish the stage of negotiations and to blow up the region. Fatah spokesman in..."
Jul 6, 2011
PA Foreign Minister: We must be secretive about which countries agree to recognize Palestinian state
Headline: “Al-Malki to WAFA: The growing number [of countries] recognizing the Palestinian state is attributable to the President, who is leading Palestinian diplomacy” “Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki emphasized yesterday that President Mahmoud Abbas is the first who should be thanked for the...”
Mar 14, 2011
Plan to unilaterally declare Palestinian state will be presented to UNSC in September
“The Palestinian diplomatic efforts have produced a rise in the number of countries that recognize the future Palestinian state on the territories of June 4, 1967… The meeting of the [PLO] Central Council… is meant to emphasize the Palestinian positions… [in a manner] consistent with the...”
Mar 13, 2011
Fatah MP calls for filing suits against Israel in international courts and for Europe to remove Hamas from list of terror organizations
"In response to a question about the ramifications of the American veto [on a unilateral declaration of independence] for the Palestinian cause, [Fatah MP Nabil] Shaath said: ‘This veto did not surprise me. On the contrary, it made me happy, because it showed Washington’s true nature, and revealed..."
Mar 8, 2011
Fatah official visits Central America to get recognition for Palestinian state
Headline: “Fatah emissary discusses with El Salvador recognition of Palestinian State” “Nassim Al-Allam, emissary of the Fatah Commission for International Relations, yesterday concluded his visit to the Republic of El-Salvador, the first stop on his tour of Central America. The purpose of the tour...”
Feb 7, 2011
PA determined to unilaterally declare Palestinian state this year
Headline: “Palestinians expressing determination to declare their state this year” “The Palestinian leadership is expressing determination to declare their state in 2011, by studying and improving their alternatives to the fruitless peace negotiations with Israel… The Palestinian alternatives to...”
Jan 1, 2011
PA chief negotiator to US: Israel made peace talks fail; now is not time for peace process
“Head of the PLO negotiations department, Saeb Erekat… in an exclusive statement to WAFA, while he accompanied President Mahmoud Abbas to Egypt, said: ‘We informed the American administration that it would not obtain a cessation of settlement from Netanyahu, and therefore the Israeli government...”
Dec 9, 2010
Abbas enlists Turkey's help to get Europe, Latin America and Canada to recognize Palestinian state
PA TV broadcasts part of interview with Abbas from Turkish TV: Abbas: “We asked Turkey to help with some of the European countries, western Europe, and with some of the Latin American countries, and with Canada and the like – these are the countries which have not yet recognized the Palestinian...”
Dec 7, 2010
Abbas advisor: Next step is getting world recognition for Palestinian state along ’67 borders
Headline: “Hamad: We will appeal to the world to recognize the borders of the Palestinian state as approved by [international] legitimacy” “Political advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas, Nimer Hammad, said yesterday that the Palestinian option, in the event that Israel does not freeze settlement,...”
Dec 6, 2010
Brazil recognizes Palestinian state along 1967 borders
Headline: “Brazil officially announces its recognition of the State of Palestine in ’67 borders President: Recognition shows that Brazil is a pioneer in understanding the Palestinian reality” “Brazil announced yesterday its official recognition of the State of Palestine in the 1967 borders. The...”
Dec 4, 2010
Fatah leader: Priority is geting international recognition for Palestinian state along '67 borders
Headline: “Erekat meets with the American Consul General and holds Israel responsible for the failure of the negotiations” “Saeb Erekat, member of the Fatah Central Committee and head of the Palestinian negotiating team, called for immediate intervention to halt recent Israeli actions, expressed in...”
Dec 1, 2010