Now we have a state: Palestinian prez after UN bid

  • AFP, Ramallah (Palestinian Territories)
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  • Updated: Dec 02, 2012 20:23 IST
  • Members of the UN General Assembly applaud after voting in favor of a UN resolution on Palestine in New York City. AFP

  • Palestinians celebrate as they wave posters of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, left, and President Mahmoud Abbas, right, as they watch the UN General Assembly ...

  • US Ambassdaor to the United Nations Susan Rice and Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor talk at a meeting of the General Assembly in New York ...

  • Israeli United Nations Ambassador Ron Prosor speaks at a meeting of the General Assembly in New York City. Israel, the United States, Canada and a ...

  • Palestinians watch on a giant screen Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaking at the UN in Ramallah. AFP

  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the UN General Assembly before a vote on Palestinian non-member observer status in New York City. AFP

  • Palestinians celebrate in the West Bank city of Ramallah after the General Assembly voted to recognise Palestine as a non-member state. AFP

  • Palestinians gather next to a section of Israeli separation barrier at the entrance to the west bank city of Bethlehem to watch a large screen ...

  • Palestinians watch a TV screen showing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaking to the United Nations, in Gaza City. AP

  • A Palestinian flag is displayed as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas leads his delegation from the UN General Assembly after a vote recognizing Palestine as a ...

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas returned to the West Bank on Sunday after winning upgraded UN status for the Palestinians, telling cheering crowds: "Yes, now we have a state".

"Palestine has accomplished a historic achievement at the UN," Abbas said, three days after the United Nations General Assembly granted the Palestinians non-member state observer status in a 138-9 vote.

"The world said in a loud voice... yes to the state of Palestine, yes to Palestine's freedom, yes to Palestine's independence, no to violence, no to settlements, no to occupation," Abbas told the ecstatic crowd.

Abbas pledged that after the victory at the United Nations, his "first and most important" task would be working to achieve Palestinian unity and reviving efforts to reconcile rival factions Fatah and Hamas.

"We will study over the course of the coming days the steps necessary to achieve reconciliation," he said, as the crowd chanted "The people want the end of the division."


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