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Palestinians look to become part of the UN furniture

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Palestinians look to become part of the UN furniture


It is no ordinary piece of furniture.

Built by campaigners, a wooden chair symbolises the planned Palestinian bid for a full seat at the United Nations when the General Assembly meets later this month.

Covered in the light blue of the United Nations, it was unveiled in the West Bank and will be sent on a world tour to try to gain support for statehood.

“We, in this peaceful mission, would like to make it very clear that this quest is part of a popular campaign and compliments the diplomatic and political efforts to achieve our independence and attain the status of full membership in the United Nations,” said campaign coordinator Ayman Sbaih at the launch in Ramallah.

Palestinian leaders including President Mahmoud Abbas have been lobbying worldwide. But Israel firmly opposes the statehood bid and Security Council veto-holder the US says it will block it.

Palestinians may then decide to settle for seeking upgraded observer status as a non-member state.

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