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The UN says yes to Palestine as a Non-member Observer State

· At the General Assembly 138 out of 193 countries vote in favour of the resolution ·

Palestine has become  a Non-member Observer State of the United Nations. It was decided yesterday at the general assembly of the UN with a  broad consensus: 138 out of 193 for, 9 against, 41 abstentions. “We believe in peace and this vote is the last chance we have for saving the two state solution”, declared the president of the Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen, leader of Al Fatah. According to UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon, “this vote emphasizes how urgent it is to renew peace negotiations” between Israelis and Palestinians. “I believe that the Palestinians have the right to an independent state, and that Israelis have the right to living peace and safety with their neighbours”, he added.

Following the vote, the Palestinian Authority will have access to UN agencies and to international tribunals, among them in particular the International Court of Justice. News of the vote's outcome was met with celebration  in various cities in the Palestinian Territories, among them Ramallah. Hamas has also expressed satisfaction.

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