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Arab League to Ask for Full Palestinian Membership
at the United Nations
Thursday July 14, 2011 16:46 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
The Arab League decided Thursday that it would be filing, on behalf
of the Palestinian Authority, for a full Palestinian membership at the
United Nations, and the Security Council, and to demand member countries
to recognize an independent Palestinian State.
In a press
conference, Nabil Al-Arabi, Secretary-General of the Arab League, stated
that, at the end of its meeting, the League decided to head to the
United Nations to demand recognition of an independent Palestinian
State, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and to ask the UN to grant
full membership to the Palestinian Authority.
The Arab League
held a meeting in Doha - Qatar, with the participation of Palestinian
President, Mahmoud Abbas, to discuss the plan to head to the UN this
September to ask for international recognition of an independent
Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
advisor, Dr. Majdi Al Khalidy, told the Palestine Radio that the
financial crisis of the P.A. currently tops Abbas’ talks with Arab
leaders, and with Nabil Al Arabi.
Abbas recently held several
meetings with different Arab leaders in Saudi Arabi, Kuwait, Qatar and
several other Arab countries to formulate a plan for the September
Abbas will also be meeting the Emir of Qatar today,
Thursday, for further talks.
Furthermore, Al Khalidy stated that
Abbas would also be touring soon in Europe to hold talks on the issue
with European Leaders.
The Palestinian leadership is hoping that
the Arab League (composed of fifteen Arab countries), will be helping
the Palestinians in obtaining the needed international support before
heading to the UN in September.
The Leadership had repeatedly
stated that its stances and decisions are directly connected with the
Arab stance and support, in order to ensure a united front that could
garner the needed outcome.
Israel, on the other hand, is also
holding extensive campaigns, and lobbying different leaders, especially
the United States administration, and the congress, to ensure the United
States uses its Veto power to foil the Palestinian move.
United States has repeated its opposition to what it called “the
unilateral Palestinian move to ask the UN to recognize a Palestinian
Last week, State Department Spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland,
stated that the US wants the Israelis and Palestinians to return to the
negotiations tables, and described the Palestinian idea to head to the
UN as “bad idea” and as a move that “is not helpful”.
northern neighbor, Canada, also voiced the same stances made by the U.S.
Chris Day, spokesperson for the Minister of Foreign Affairs, John
Baird, said that the stances of his government have never changed, and
that “the only way to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is
through negotiations and agreements.
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