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A Palestinian man walks near a big banner for the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Gaza City, on Sep. 15, 2011 as the Palestinians prepare to submit a formal request to become the 194th member of the United Nations when the General Assembly begins its meetings on September 20, despite US and Israeli opposition. Palestinian officials have said that the bid for UN statehood recognition does not run counter to any willingness to negotiate, and is aimed at achieving a just peace. Israel and the US however say a Palestinian state can only come into being through negotiations, and not through any unilateral move. Photo by Mohammed Asad