UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is appealing to all nations to vote in favor of a U.N. resolution recognizing the state of Palestine as "an investment in peace."
Abbas said in a statement Thursday ahead of the vote that despite diminishing hopes and a worsening situation on the ground due to Israeli violations "we remain committed to the two-state solution and our hand remains extended in peace."
He said this is why the Palestinians embarked on the "peaceful, political initiative" to raise their U.N. status from an observer to a nonmember observer state.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki read the statement to a U.N. event marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Abbas sat on the dais listening.