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Abbas to UN: put Palestine under international protection

  • A handout picture released by the Palestinian president's office (PPO) shows Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas (R) meeting with Mideast Quartet envoy Tony Blair on July 13, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Blair, who represents the European Union, Russia, United Nations and United States, is on a visit to the region for talks on ending the violence in Gaza. AFP PHOTO/ PPO / THAER GHANEM === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/ PPO / THAER GHANEM" - NO MARKETING NO ADV

RAMALLAH: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is to ask the United Nations to put the state of Palestine under "international protection" in light of the worsening violence in the Gaza Strip, the PLO said Sunday.

"President Abbas will present a letter to the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, addressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, to officially put the State of Palestine under the UN international protection system and to form a legal committee for immediate follow-up," it said in a statement.

 
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