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Palestinian Authority to present United Nations bid on Nov. 29

President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian Authority will bid to become a "non-member observer state" of the United Nations at the end of the month.

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Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, speaks during the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 27, 2012 at UN headquarters in New York. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Palestinian Authority will be making a bid to upgrade its United Nations status later this month.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the Arab League on Monday that the Palestinian Authority will apply to become a UN "non-member observer state" on November 29.

The BBC reported the request comes despite opposition from both the US and Israel.

Reuters wrote the Palestinians circulated a draft resolution last Wednesday which reiterated the Palestinian Authority's commitment to the "two-state solution" that allows "Israel and an independent Palestinian state would co-exist in peace."

Abbas said UN approval would lead to negotiations with Israel "the next day," according to the BBC, but so far the Palestinians have been unsuccessful in recent years.

In 2011, a bid for statehood failed, lacking the backing of the UN Security Council.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which the BBC calls an "umbrella group which represents most Palestinian factions," retains  "permanent observer" status at the United Nations.

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