EU seeks limited upgrade of Palestinians’ UN status

Flags of the EU members
Flags of the EU members

BRUSSELS – The European Union hopes to persuade Palestinian leaders to drop their plans for full United Nations membership this month in return for a nuanced upgrading of their UN observer status, EU diplomats said on Thursday.

The EU’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, went to the Middle East this week to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians with the aim of reviving peace talks and averting a Palestinian statehood bid at the UN General Assembly, which begins its annual gathering on Sept. 21.

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