Monday, August 15, 2011

PA sets date for UN membership bid

PressTV - PA sets date for statehood bid:

Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:16PM GMT
Ibrahim Husseini, Press TV, al-Quds

"Speculation over the PA's plan to seek recognition for statehood by the UN has ended when foreign minister Riyad al Malki announced from his Ramallah office that the PA will indeed go to the UN.

Maliki said in September Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas will personally submit a request for UN membership to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Mon.

According to the procedure, the Secretary General will then request from the UN security Council to give a positive recommendation.

However this is where the United States is expected to cast a veto, thus closing the door in front of Palestine to become a full member of the UN.

In light of this likely event, Palestine will need an invitation from the General Assembly of the UN to become an observer state.

The Palestinian Authority is now hoping to secure the much needed vote of the major European powers like France, Britain, and Germany. Analysts say these powers with the exception of Germany might eventually support the Palestinian bid in light of Israel's most recent settlement construction plans in East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Israel's answer to the Palestinian move however is still up to speculation.

The Palestinian Authority is also counting on the support of South American and Caribbean states, and to that end is planning to be present in Salvador on the 19th of this month during a meeting for South American and Caribbean states to muster support.

It appears that the Palestinians will succeed in gathering the necessary votes in the UN General Assembly. Israeli officials warn of regional instability as a result of the move, but for the Palestinians after almost two decades of futile talks, reliance on Israel's and America's goodwill is no longer an option and now are looking for balance somewhere else.

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