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UN implicitly recognizes Palestinian statehood



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The UN General Assembly has voted to upgrade Palestinians’ diplomatic status to a “non-member observer state,” thus implicitly recognizing a Palestinian state. This comes despite strong opposition from the US and Israel.

The Palestinian bid has been upheld with 138 votes in favour, nine against and 41 abstentions.

Addressing the General Assembly Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the historic vote was the last chance to save the two-state solution. He also told the meeting that it “is being asked today to issue the birth certificate of Palestine.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the parties to renew their commitment to negotiating peace deal.

However the US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said the UN’s vote on the Palestinians’ status places further obstacles in the path of peace.

Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, speaks to the United Nations General Assembly before the body votes on a resolution to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to a nonmember observer state November 29, 2012.(AFP Photo / Henny Ray Abrams)
Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, speaks to the United Nations General Assembly before the body votes on a resolution to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to a nonmember observer state November 29, 2012.(AFP Photo / Henny Ray Abrams)

The Palestinian bid to join the global body as a full member state failed in 2011 due to lack of support at the UN Security Council. To get the “non-member observer state” status, the Palestinians only needed a simple majority at the 193-member General Assembly, such status is already held by the Vatican.

Among many other nations the Palestinian bid for an upgraded diplomatic status was backed by a number of EU states, including France, Spain, Denmark, Portugal and Austria.

The bid had overwhelming support from developing nations.

The Palestine Liberation Organization, the umbrella group of various Palestinian factions, had previously had only “permanent observer” status at the UN.

The new status now grants the Palestinians more weight in peace talks with Israel and gives it a greater chance of joining UN agencies and the International Criminal Court (ICC). Joining the ICC would give the Palestinians greater legal basis for pursuing possible war-crimes prosecutions against the Israeli military.

However despite the support, the French Foreign Minister has warned Palestinians against pursuing Israel in the International Criminal Court, calling such a move “counter-productive.”

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One Response to UN implicitly recognizes Palestinian statehood

  1. RobW says:

    For supporters of the true Palestinians, who as a people got along well until the zionist movement in early 20th century, and were totally screwed by the un in 1948, this is terrible news. If you think the zionists aren’t laughing their asses off tonight, think again. The quisling traitor AbAss has been given legitimacy, even though his presidential term expired 3 years ago, and was a sham from the beginning. He should have been whacked long ago, but the zionists must be providing some heavy security.
    Another reason; “izrael” ignores anything the un does that is not to its favor, and gets away with it, so what’s the point?
    Tonight, I grieve for Palestine. Rob

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