Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has spoken exclusively to euronews. The interview will be on line and on air in its entirety on Thursday evening.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been outlining his aim to call on the United Nations for a resolution to create a independent Palestinian state.
The President is in Tunis as he continues his diplomatic efforts to win support for his agenda. He spoke to our correspondent, Mohammed Shaikkhibrahim.
“I’m going to the United Nations to ask for our right to a Palestinian state. How has Israel been created? It was by the resolution 181 of the United Nations’ General Assembly so why do they, the Israelis, say that our demand for a Palestinian State is a unilateral action?
In fact, the settlements and change of the character of the country, Palestine, are unilateral actions. Israel has taken unilateral action, so we want to go in September to the United Nations for a resolution to create a Palestinian state,” he said.
In a wide ranging interview which will be shown in full on Thursday evening on euronews the President talked about Israel and the issue of settlements.
He has already said he opposes a third armed uprising, or Intifada, if the current peace talks fail.
President Obama has said he wants to see a Palestinian state established in September as determined by the Quartet of Middle East peacemakers.