September 24, 2011
Tony Blair yesterday condemned a ‘deeply confrontational’ move by the Palestinian president to ask the United Nations to recognise an independent state for his people.
Mr Blair, who is the international community’s Middle East representative, joined Western leaders in opposing the application by Mahmoud Abbas.
Mr Abbas is seeking full UN membership for Palestine, even though Israeli troops still occupy its territory. He handed his application letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and it must now be considered by the Security Council. In a 35-minute speech in New York, Mr Abbas said it was the ‘moment of truth’ for Palestine to gain its long overdue independence.
America has promised to use its Security Council veto to block the move, however, and there are fears of renewed violence in the Middle East.
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