Palestinians push for UN statehood recognition

Drying laundry in a Hathaleen community in the southeastern West Bank

Drying laundry in a Hathaleen community in the southeastern West Bank

Palestinian leaders meeting in Brussels for a Mideast peace conference are pushing for UN recognition as a state. They say this will help get both sides back to the bargaining table.

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been stalled since last year following Israel's refusal to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Leila Shahid is the General Delegate of Palestine to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg.

"We think that we need statehood and independence for the security and future of our people and I think a two state solution is the only solution that can insure in the Middle East a peace settlement of this conflict."

The two-day United Nations International Meeting in Support of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process is looking at alternatives to the negotiating process, including achieving a two-State solution through multilateral mechanisms.

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