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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, is embraced by Turklish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu after a UN vote on upgrading the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state, Nov. 29, 2012. (Kathy Willens/AP)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, is embraced by Turklish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu after a UN vote on upgrading the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state, Nov. 29, 2012. (Kathy Willens/AP)

With UN vote, Palestinians emerge triumphant Add to ...

“We did not come here seeking to delegitimize a state established years ago, and that is Israel; rather we came to affirm the legitimacy of the state that must now achieve its independence, and that is Palestine. We did not come here to add further complications to the peace process, which Israel’s policies have thrown into the intensive care unit; rather we came to launch a final serious attempt to achieve peace. Our endeavour is not aimed at terminating what remains of the negotiations process, which has lost its objective and credibility, but rather aimed at trying to breathe new life into the negotiations and at setting a solid foundation for it based on the terms of reference of the relevant international resolutions in order for the negotiations to succeed.”

“We will accept no less than the independence of the state of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, on all the Palestinian territory occupied in 1967, to live in peace and security alongside the state of Israel, and a solution for the refugee issue on the basis of resolution 194, as per the operative part of the Arab Peace Initiative.

“Yet, we must repeat here once again our warning: the window of opportunity is narrowing and time is quickly running out. The rope of patience is shortening and hope is withering.“

“Every voice supporting our endeavour today is a most valuable voice of courage, and every state that grants support today to Palestine’s request for non-member observer state status is affirming its principled and moral support for freedom and the rights of peoples and international law and peace.”

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