On assignment: United Nations

SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson is at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York to cover the Palestinian bid for statehood.


VIDEO September 24 – Abbas applies for membership

On Friday the 23rd, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas finally handed over his application for full membership of the United Nations.

VIDEO September 24 – Stagnant mood in NY

There’s a depressing mood in New York, Brian reports, with Mahmoud Abbas and Benyamin Netanyahu disagreeing as ever.

VIDEO September 23- Rudd addresses UN

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has told the UN he fears for the future of the Middle East if a peace deal is not struck soon between Israel and the Palestinians.

AUDIO UPDATE: Brian reports that he’s spoken with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki, who says Australia’s had an ‘encouraging’ attitude shift on Israeli-Arab relations.

He sums up Rudd’s comments at a press conference focussing on the Palestinian statehood bid.

Rudd surprises Palestinians at UN (mp3)

VIDEO September 22 – Palestinians on course for US clash

US President Barack Obama has urged his Palestinian counterpart to end his bid for full UN membership and instead seek upgraded status in the world body.

WEB-EXTRA VIDEO: September 22 – Interview with Israeli spokesperson Mark Regev

Palestinian statehood can only come as a product of Israeli-Palestinian peace, Israel’s government spokesman said.

AUDIO: Brian updates SBS from the sidelines of the Palestinian statehood bid

Palestinian statehood: update (mp3)

VIDEO September 21 – Libyan leaders welcomed at UN

Interim government leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil has been welcomed at the UN, as US President Barack Obama used the occasion to warn that foreign military help will be needed for a while yet.

VIDEO September 20 – Abbas defiant over UN bid

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas says he won’t back down from his bid to seek statehood at the United Nations. He says he’s fed up with the endless delays in creating a two state solution in the Middle East.

WEB-EXTRA Sept 20 – Full interview with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malaki

VIDEO September 19 – Palestinian bid dominating UN talks

The Palestinian bid for statehood is dominating talks at the United Nations, as the General Assembly prepares to meet this week. Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad met Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak — for talks over the country’s bid for UN membership. But the Diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East is hoping to head off a potential showdown.

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