Palestinian UN bid this month, says Abbas

Updated 12 November 2012
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Palestinian UN bid this month, says Abbas

The Palestinians will submit a bid to the General Assembly for nonstate membership of the United Nations later this month, president Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday.
“We’re going to the United Nations in November 2012, not 2013, or 2014,” Abbas said at an event commemorating the eighth anniversary of the death of veteran Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
“Israel’s hysterical reaction to our UN bid is due to its desire to continue the occupation and we are under pressure of late from multiple parties to waive our just demand, but we will not,” Abbas added.
The UN bid was “the only way to address the assault of settlement activity and to save the two-state solution,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Palestinians are coordinating with Russia, as well as Swiss and French experts, on the exhumation of late president Yasser Arafat, Abbas said yesterday.
“We are currently in coordination with the French investigators, the Swiss experts, and also the Russian government to open the tomb,” Abbas said.


UAE: Qatari fighter jets intercepted civilian plane

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UAE: Qatari fighter jets intercepted civilian plane

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates said on Sunday that Qatari fighter planes had intercepted a civilian aircraft carrying 86 passengers aboard a flight bound for Bahrain, UAE state news agency WAM reported.
The agency added that the Emirati civilian craft had to take evasive manoeuvres to avoid a collision.

Sunday’s incident is not the first time the UAE has accused Qatar’s military of intercepting its civilian aircraft.

In March two Qatari jets flew dangerously close to two civilian aircraft traveling from the UAE while they were in Bahraini airspace, the Emirates civil aviation authority.

According to state news agency WAM the General Civil Aviation Authority condemned “provocative action,” at the time, which it said followed two similar incidents had been reported by the UAE to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations’ aviation agency.

Qatar denied the claim in a statement by its civil aviation authority saying the UAE was trying to cover up for its own violations of Qatari airspace.

(Developing)