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Palestine to bid for full UN membership this month, says ambassador

Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour spoke to Al-Monitor about Arab solidarity on Gaza, Palestine’s efforts to become a full member of the UN, reconciliation with Hamas and alleged sexual crimes on both sides of the conflict.
Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour speaks.

NEW YORK — The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations said the State of Palestine will seek full membership in the organization this month, a move, he argues, will advance a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

“It will send the message that Israel is not the party that decides whether we will have a state. It is the Palestinian people who will decide that,” Riyad Mansour told Al-Monitor. “This is an investment in peace and an investment in saving the two-state solution.”

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor on Wednesday, Mansour provided details on Palestine’s workings at the United Nations amid the war.

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