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        7/18/2011, Tammuz 16, 5771

      Abbas Thanks Norway for Upgrade


      Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas thanked Norway on Monday for upgrading the PA's delegation in Oslo. The PA delegation was given the status of a full diplomatic mission in Norway over the weekend.

      At a news conference with Norwegian officials over the weekend, Abbas said that “we have chosen peace, and we are continuing to seek ways to arrange a deal with Israel through negotiations.” He added that “our people have been suffering for 63 years, and because of this we will ask the UN to recognize our state.”