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  9/9/2011, Elul 10, 5771

UN: Ban Backs PA Statehood Bid

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reaffirmed his support for an independent Palestinian state Friday, saying UN membership for the PA was an issue for member states to decide.

Ban, winding up a trip to Australia and the South Pacific, said he strongly supported a two-state solution where “Palestinians and Israelis can live side by side in peace and security.”