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Palestinian UN state bid to be made by November 29

  • Palestinian leaders in the West Bank are to ask the United Nations to upgrade Palestine's status by November 29.

    The request to admit Palestine as a "non-member observer state" is to be made despite opposition from the United States and Israel.

    Last year, a bid to join the international body as a full member state failed due to a lack of support at the UN Security Council.

    Currently, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), which represents most Palestinian factions and carries out negotiations with Israel, only has "permanent observer" status.

    Mahmoud Abbas, the chairman of the PLO and Palestinian Authority president, wants Palestine to be admitted as a non-member observer state based on boundaries that existed before Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip during the 1967 war.