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Palestine renews request to become full UN member 

Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations Riyad Mansour speaks during a United Nations Security Council meeting at UN Headquarters, on 24July 2018 in New York City. [Drew Angerer/Getty Images]
Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations Riyad Mansour at the UN in New York City on 24 July 2018 [Drew Angerer/Getty Images]

The Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, has renewed Palestine's request to become a full member of the United Nations, Anadolu news agency reported.

Mansour said during a Security Council meeting held yesterday that "eight years ago, the General Assembly adopted a historic resolution granting Palestine the status of an observer state in the United Nations, and since then Palestine has demonstrated its ability to be an active and powerful party in the international community."

"We have every right to be a full member of the United Nations, and there is no justification for delaying considering this matter," Mansour said, adding that "the Palestinians' right to self-determination and territorial integrity is enshrined in the United Nations."

"Security Council Resolution 2334 is a clear path to ending the [Israeli] occupation, and therefore the responsibility rests with the Security Council to ensure that we follow this path," he said

On 29 November 2012, the United Nations General Assembly issued a resolution granting Palestine non-member observer state status. However, accession to the United Nations requires the approval of the UN Security Council.

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