Saturday, September 8, 2012

Palestinian bid for U.N. non-member on Sept. 27: Abbas

Palestinian bid for U.N. non-member on Sept. 27: Abbas
By AFP
RAMALLAH
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday he will make a bid on Sept. 27 to obtain non-member status at the United Nations.

“We will go to the U.N. General Assembly for consultations with our friends on the draft resolution calling for the upgrade of Palestine (to non-member status)” in the United Nations, Abbas said in a televised address.

“We are going to the U.N. to say that we are a state which applies the fourth Geneva convention (on the protection of civilians in time of war). There are 133 countries that recognize us as a state with east Jerusalem as its capital and where we have embassies hoisting the Palestinian flag.”
Palestinians now have an observer entity status.

Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki said last month that Abbas would make the upgrade request on Sept. 27 during the U.N. General Assembly.

Palestinians are assured that the resolution would be passed with a wide majority. Such a resolution needs support of more than half of the 194 member states of the United Nations.

In September 2011, Abbas made a high-profile effort to obtain full-member status at the U.N., but the request was never put to a vote in the Security Council, where the United States had pledged to veto it.

Several weeks ago, a senior official from the Palestine Liberation Organization said Washington was pressuring the Palestinian leadership to delay its upgrade plans until after the U.S. elections in November.