November 29, 2012 / 9:03 PM / 5 years ago

Abbas urges U.N. to issue "birth certificate" for Palestine

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood by supporting a resolution to upgrade the U.N. observer status of the Palestinian Authority from "entity" to "non-member state."

"The General Assembly is called upon today to issue a birth certificate of the reality of the State of Palestine," Abbas told the 193-nation assembly, according to the written text of his speech.

Reporting By Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Sandra Maler

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