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Wednesday, 28 November 2012 - 8:39
France to back Palestinian bid for UN status
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France yesterday said it will back a Palestinian bid for enhanced UN status at a General Assembly vote this week.

The Palestinians are asking the UN General Assembly to upgrade their status from permanent observer to a "non-member observer state".

Israel and the US are concerned that the Palestinians are trying to seek full statehood via the UN, rather than through negotiation as set out in the 1993 Oslo peace accords under which the Palestinian Authority was established.

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