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11/29/2012 04:01 pm ET Updated Jan 29, 2013

Palestine 'Birth Certificate' Appealed For By Abbas At United Nations

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 29 (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.

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