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Arab League seeks full UN membership for Palestine

Arab League discusses Barack Obama's proposal on 1967 borders as basis for Middle East peace talks

Arab League seeks full UN membership for Palestine
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during the opening of the Arab League Monitoring Committee meet to discuss US President Barack Obama's proposal on the 1967 borders as the basis for the Middle East peace negotiations with Israel, in Doha, on May 28, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Arab League seeks full UN membership for Palestine
Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Al Thani speaks during the opening of the Arab League Monitoring Committee meet. The Arab League committee decided on Saturday to seek full UN membership for a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, with East Jerusalem as its capital (AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Arab League seeks full UN membership for Palestine
Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Al Thani (top centre) is flanked by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (L) and outgoing Arab League chief Amr Mussa (R) during the opening of the Arab League Monitoring Committee meet. The Arab League's peace process follow-up committee said it would request membership for the state of Palestine at the UN General Assembly's meeting in New York in September (AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Arab League seeks full UN membership for Palestine
Outgoing Arab League chief Amr Mussa speaks during the opening of the Arab League Monitoring Committee meeting to discuss US President Barack Obama's proposal on the 1967 borders as the basis for the Middle East peace negotiations with Israel, in Doha, on May 28, 2011. The 1967 borders refer to Israel's frontiers as they stood on the eve of the 1967 Middle East war in which it captured the Gaza Strip from Egypt and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, from Jordan (AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Arab League seeks full UN membership for Palestine
Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud Al Faisal arrives for the opening of the Arab League Monitoring Committee meet. According to Reuters, the Arab League's UN move looks set to fail because of the opposition of the US, which has veto power in the Security Council (AFP/Getty Images)
Arab League seeks full UN membership for Palestine
Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Al Thani speaks as Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (L) listens on during the opening of the Arab League Monitoring Committee meet (AFP/Getty Images)
Arab League seeks full UN membership for Palestine
According to Reuters, the Doha meeting had been convened in the wake of major Middle East policy speeches in Washington by Obama and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP/Getty Images)
Arab League seeks full UN membership for Palestine
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, in his opening remarks to the Doha meeting, said there were "no shared foundations" for peace talks with Netanyahu and seeking UN recognition was his only option (AFP/Getty Images)
Arab League seeks full UN membership for Palestine
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas takes his seat. The Palestinian Authority (PA) headed by Abbas is dependent on financial support from international donors including the United States and the European Union (AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)