BROOKLYN - As the United Nations General Assembly session continued today, many in Brooklyn said they are torn over the controversy surrounding Palestinians' case for statehood.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been campaigning for full membership in the U.N., which United State officials promise to veto. World leaders met today in an effort to avert a showdown on the issue.

Some local residents said that they don't believe they should be granted membership in the U.N., but others feel that statehood could finally help bring peace to the ongoing conflict with Israel.

Abbas is expected to submit a formal letter requesting membership on Friday.