May 21, 2011 / 9:51 AM / 6 years ago

Palestinians set on UN statehood bid in September

RAMALLAH, West Bank, May 21 (Reuters) - Palestinians will seek recognition as a United Nations member-state in September given the deepening deadlock in U.S.-brokered peacemaking with Israel, a senior Palestinian official said on Saturday.

Nabil Shaath urged President Barack Obama, who on Thursday criticised the planned move at the U.N. general assembly, to join other countries that already endorsed a Palestinian state taking in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. (Reporting by Mohammed Assadi)

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