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Palestinians may accept non-member state status
Palestinian leader says he'll seek non-member status at UN unless talks with Israel resume
By The Associated Press

PARIS (AP) ' Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says he may seek non-member status for Palestine at the United Nations if peace talks with Israel do not resume.

Abbas, speaking Friday in the French capital, said seeking non-member status would be the next move "if we are not returning to the negotiations."

Palestinians have refused to resume talks unless Israel stops settlement building in the West Bank



The Security Council blocked the Palestinian's bid to become a full member last September after they failed to get the required support of nine of the Security Council's 15 members.

Abbas suggested Friday that the Palestinians would be content with being a non-member state "as is the case for the Vatican or Switzerland."

The United States has promised to veto any council resolution endorsing membership.


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