Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas confirmed on Friday that he will seek statehood through the United Nations Security Council next week, The New York Times reported.
“We need to have full membership at the U.N.,” Abbas said in a televised speech. “We need a state, a seat at the United Nations and nothing more.”
The announcement was the first time Abbas has publicly endorsed the strategy of taking a statehood bid directly to the Security Council. The United States and Israel have strongly opposed such a move, arguing that direct talks alone can resolve the conflict between Israel and Palestinians.
Abbas's comments echoed those of Maen Areikat, the Palestinian Liberation Organization's ambassador to the U.S., who said on Tuesday that the Palestinians would seek full U.N. membership as an independent state. There had been speculation that Palestinians would request the U.N. General Assembly to grant it the status of a nonvoting observer state instead.
The United States has promised to veto a Palestinian statehood bid before the Security Council.