The Palestinians on Thursday kicked off a campaign in support of their UN membership bid. The so-called "National Campaign for Palestine: State 194" is part of the build-up to September 20, when Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas is expected to submit a formal request that the United Nations accept the state of Palestine as a member.
According to AFP, Abbas on Thursday met senior Palestinian representatives including the central committee of his Fatah party, the PLO's executive committee and leaders of various Palestinian political parties. The PLO committee "affirms the need to continue at the next session of the UN, the process to obtain recognition of membership for a state of Palestine on the borders of June 4, 1967, with east Jerusalem as its capital," PLO secretary general Yasser Abed Rabbo stated in a statement following the session.
"The Palestinian leadership believes that attaining this goal will encourage the relaunch of a serious peace process and new negotiations with the clear objective of a two-state solution on the 1967 borders," he said.