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UN Security Council Fails To Reach Agreement On
Palestinian Membership Application
Saturday November 12, 2011 03:22 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
The United Nations Security council stated on Friday that it was
unable to reach an agreement on the Palestinian application for full UN
The Admissions Committee of the Security Council was
unable to make a decision in this regard, an issue that is considered
another blow to the Palestinian bid, pushing it closer to collapse.
The Palestinian application needs nine votes to secure a decision
from the UN Security Council (UNSC)on whether or not to hold a vote of
the statehood application.
The Qatar based news agency, Al
Jazeera, reported that the Palestinians have eight firm supporters on
Should the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) choose to push
for a vote without securing the vital ninth vote, the United States will
not be forced to use its Veto power to prevent the bid from succeeding.
The Admissions Committee, which includes fifteen Security
Council members, issued a draft report on the deadlock; the bid will now
be sent back to the Security Council.
Head of the Security
Council for November, Portuguese envoy Jose Filipe Moraes Cabral, stated
that the after receiving the report, the council will be discussing any
The application for full UN membership was
officially filed by Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, on September
The United States and Israel led an international campaign
to topple the bid, and claimed that it is mainly aimed at
"de-legitimizing" Israel, adding that a Palestinian state can only be
established through direct peace talks between Israel and the
The Palestinian leadership had to quit peace talks
with Israel due to its ongoing settlement activities in the occupied
territories, especially settlement construction and expansion in and
around illegally annexed East Jerusalem.
The decision to quit
talks was also made due to Israel’s ongoing incursions and assaults in
the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and Israel’s demolition of Arab homes
Riyad Mansour, P. A. envoy at the United Nations,
stated that although the Palestinians were hoping for a positive vote,
they will not give up.
The P.A. will be weighing its options,
especially while the U.S. is siding by Israel, despite the fact that
Washington maintains that they are an impartial mediator in the peace
The P.A. can head to the UN General Assembly, to ask for
an upgrade in their status from an non-voting “observer entity” to a
“non-member state” of observer status; if it does it will need
two-thirds majority, or 129 votes, and they will likely get it. The
upgraded status is what the Vatican currently holds, it is an indirect
recognition of Palestinian statehood, and is the next step in achieving
Becoming a non-member state will give the
Palestinian Authority the chance to participate in more United Nations
activities, including becoming a signatory to certain international
treaties, and allow them to become a part of the International Criminal
President Mahmoud Abbas will be holding a meeting with
representatives of the Arab league next week, in order to decide whether
to head to the Security Council, or seek an observer status in vote at
the General Assembly.
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