BEIRUT: Palestinians in Lebanon reiterated their call for full membership at the U.N. General Assembly Thursday hours before President Mahmoud Abbas was scheduled to give a speech in New York. During a demonstration at Burj al-Barajneh, representatives of Fatah in Lebanon and Palestinians from refugee camps across Lebanon renewed their demand for the U.N. to recognize Palestine as a full-member state. Currently, the Palestine Liberation Organization has “permanent observer” status. Abbas told world leaders that Palestinians would continue their efforts to obtain full membership. Secretary of the PLO in Lebanon, Fathi Abu al-Ardat, voiced support for Abbas’ demands, and said that “Palestinians stand by the Palestinian leadership in defense of the people and the sacred rights.”
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 28, 2012, on page 4.