18:06 (13:06) During his speech Abbas said he was calling for a return to the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
18:01 (13:01) Abbas was given a standing ovation at the close of his speech in the UN. AFP are reporting that the crowds watching him on the West Bank "erupted" as the speech finished.17:50 (12:50) He heeds a warning: "'Loss of hope is the greatest threat to peace; despair is the surest route to extremism"
17:48 (12:48) Abbas: "I am here to say after 63 years since the naqba, enough, enough, enough."
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas asked the United Nations on Friday to recognize a state for his people, slamming Israel in his General Assembly speech as an "apartheid state."
Speaking at the UN, Abbas accused Israel of employing an “ethnic cleansing policy” in Jerusalem.