Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
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President Abbas receives ovation at UN

23 September 2011 Last updated at 18:22 BST

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has submitted his bid to the UN for recognition of a Palestinian state.

Addressing the General Assembly shortly afterwards, he called on the Security Council to approve full Palestinian membership of the UN.

He said the Palestinians had entered negotiations with Israel with sincere intentions, but blamed the building of Jewish settlements for their failure.

Israel and the US say a Palestinian state can only be achieved through talks with Israel.