UN chief: Palestine bid 'understandable'

Ban Ki-moon says he hopes for meaningful dialogue in the run-up to statehood bid.

    Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, has said that the Palestinian bid for recognition by the UN is understandable.

    As he prepares to open the 66th annual General Assembly on September 19, Ban told Al Jazeera that both sides must engage in dialogue, regardless of the outcome of the vote.

    Al Jazeera's Kristen Saloomey spoke with Ban in New York City.

    Watch the extended version of the interview.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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