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Abbas in Lebanon to rally support for UN bid
Published Tuesday 16/08/2011 (updated) 17/08/2011 17:10
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A handout picture released by the Lebanese photo agency Dalati and Nohra
shows Lebanese President Michel Sleiman (L) reviewing an honor guard with his
Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas at the presidential palace in Baabda,
east of Beirut. [AFP/DALATI AND NOHRA]
BEIRUT (AFP) -- President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Beirut Tuesday to seek support for the Palestinian bid for UN membership in September, which will come as Lebanon serves as head of the Security Council.

Abbas will meet with President Michel Sleiman, Prime Minister Najib Mikati and other leaders during a two-day stay, a government official said on condition of anonymity.

Lebanon is one of 10 non-permanent current members of the United Nations Security Council and will serve as president of the council in September. It is expected to support the bid.

Following the collapse of direct peace talks with Israel in September last year, the Palestinians adopted a diplomatic strategy aimed at securing UN recognition for a state within the frontiers that existed before the 1967 Six-Day War.

They now plan to present their bid for UN membership on September 20, despite Israeli opposition.

Lebanon, which remains technically in a state of war with Israel, approved the recognition of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders in November 2008 but the decision was never implemented.

Mikati's cabinet, in which Iranian-backed Hezbollah and its allies hold majority, last week agreed to apply the decision, making Lebanon the last Arab country to recognize a Palestinian state.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees estimates that some 425,000 Palestinian refugees reside in Lebanon, a country with a population of four million. Other estimates however put the number at some 250,000.

By long-standing convention, the Lebanese army does not enter the country's 12 refugee camps, leaving security inside the destitute camps to the Palestinians.
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1 ) Robby / USA
16/08/2011 19:59
Be careful, don't get to close to the Syrian border!

2 ) Preaching to / The Choir
16/08/2011 20:23

Of course Lebanon will support the UN bid, like all Arab states,
so Abbas going Lebanon to rally support for UN bid is like
going to the Pope to rally support for Christianity.
- Just as obvious is that Lebanon can do nothing about a US veto.

Abbas needs to get US support for UN membership, and
Abbas needs to get Israel's support for "Palestine",
to ever become more than just a "word", on a useless UN resolution !!


3 ) ian / australia
16/08/2011 23:18
Ma'an comments increasingly dominated by Mystery Poster...always anonymous, distinctive non-wrapping short lines, bullet points with dashes, lots of CAPS and multiple !!!! (always one space from word)...hmmm...Tobias, is that you? Or do we have here a little Israeli PR initiative to get the message out and/or create a bit of confusion? And the message is always the same: negotiations only way, UN bid = state on paper only, painful compromises, endless occupation yada yadda yadda...

4 ) ian / australia
16/08/2011 23:20
(contd.) So either we have here a pretty obsessive guy with a one-track mind or someone with a little part-time job first thing every morning...like I said...hmmm
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