29 Nov '12, 11pm

UN votes to recognise Palestine as a non-member state despite US and Israeli opposition

UN votes to recognise Palestine as a non-member state despite US and Israeli opposition

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (C) and the delegation celebrate after the United Nations General Assembly voted to approve a resolution to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to a nonmember observer state November 29, 2012 at UN headquarters in New York. -- PHOTO: AFP UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to recognise Palestine as a non-member state, handing a major triumph to president Mahmud Abbas in the face of fierce United States (US) and Israeli opposition. Mr Abbas demanded the UN give a “birth certificate” to a Palestinian state and was rewarded with the backing of 138 countries. Only nine members heeded Israeli warnings that the move could lead to more violence and voted against. Forty-one abstained. The vote lifts the status of the Palestinian Authority from an observer entity t...

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