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Palestinian UN status likely to be debated in November
Published Thursday 04/10/2012 (updated) 06/10/2012 15:38
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Vuk Jeremic (L) opens a high-level meeting on countering nuclear
terrorism, in New York on Sept. 28. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid)
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- The United Nations is likely to hold a debate on whether to upgrade the Palestinians' UN status to a sovereign country in mid-November -- after the US election, the president of the 193-member UN General Assembly said Wednesday.

Having failed last year to win recognition of full statehood at the United Nations, President Mahmoud Abbas said last week he would seek a less-ambitious status upgrade at the world body to make it a "non-member state" like the Vatican.

The Palestinians' current UN status is an "observer entity." If Abbas wins, that would change to "observer state."

"Come the middle of November, there's going to be an international debate on the Palestine issue in the General Assembly," UN General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic told a news conference.

"There are electoral and political calendars in many parts of the world," he said in a reference covering the Nov. 6 US election.

"My understanding is the Palestinian Authority leadership is going to engage in extensive discussions ... coming to a conclusion as to what they want to do some time in November."

Upgraded status for a Palestinian state could be uncomfortable for Israel. Being registered as a state rather than an entity would mean the Palestinians could join bodies such as the International Criminal Court and file a raft of complaints against Israel for its continued occupation.

An upgraded status would also anger Israel's close ally, the United States, which argues that a Palestinian state can only be created through direct negotiations.

There have been no direct Palestinian talks with Israel on peace since 2010, when the Palestinians refused to resume negotiations unless the Israeli government suspended settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last week that the two-state solution was the only sustainable option for peace. But he said the continued growth of Israeli settlements meant that "the door may be closing, for good."
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1 ) shirley / australia
04/10/2012 12:42
blah blah may as well be 7yrs away a week along time in politics and notice how it keeps moving further away 2 days ago it was going to be a month now it over 6 weeks next it will be end of yr or never because US will come up with some fake peace iniative spurred on by maan news saying things will be better after US elections and US was only pleasing Isreal for election sakewhat diference does US elections make neither candidate supports pal state and pals better wake up to that reality

2 ) UN / UNESCO
04/10/2012 13:49
What I do not understand is why palestinians keep asking US and EU for money. They should go to those countries which make up the majority at UN General Assembly. Let those countries to foot the bill and put their money next to their votes.

3 ) Tibi / Tubas
04/10/2012 14:33
Now "Palestinian UN status is only likely to be debated", and
the debate is only likely to in November," so it seems that
Abbas' claim that "UN to admit Palestine within weeks" was a lie.

4 ) Elliott / USA
04/10/2012 15:21
"two-state solution ... the only sustainable option for peace" All the Prophets (peace be upon them) says one state under King David's heir. The responsibility of Israel is to produce the right government under this king (Messiah). Current zionist govenment is in error to this rightful government and any government of the PA would be just as wrong. The key is Jerusalem that must have the king manifested to rule out of the temple mount which was purchased by David. See: GreatPrinceMichael.com

5 ) Big Mike / usa
04/10/2012 15:21
Unless the Pals predicate their legal claims to the ICC upon the Abraham Covenant and the RIGHTS OF THE FIRST BORN as addressed in Deuteronomy 21: 15-17, they will be wasting their time as to any claims to the lands in which they reside. Jews have already made a move to the UN on this subject.

6 ) southparkbear / usa
04/10/2012 15:37
hum, november, what year?

7 ) Big Mike / USA
04/10/2012 15:43
I'm going to give you an intelligence test on the issue. Obviously Obama "TOOK A FALL" in last night's presidential debate... but why? Right wing Romany is the man to deal with Iran, keep the Illegal settlement building moving ahead full speed and ditch the 2 state solution once and for all. So what is this all telling us? Pals move to the UNGA is making them desperate!!!!!

8 ) now is HAMASTAN TURN to get / a state of their own
04/10/2012 16:02
the moment UN approves West bank-- THEY MUST APPROVE HAMASTAN!!! go GAZA!!!!

9 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
04/10/2012 16:27
... "the door may be closing, for good." No, it already HAS closed for good. Next ... more camel crap: Waiting for U.S. and worldwide elections and more U.N. deadbates ... What the hell FOR ??? ... They already HAVE the overwhelming votes and don't have to worry about any U.S. or other veto ... SO UPGRADE THEM ALREADY !!! ... because the day they get U.N. non-member observer state I'm going to proclaim a total state of annexation of the Gaza Strip and W. Bank.

10 ) Statehood Without / Negotiations
04/10/2012 16:58
When "non-member" statehood is achieved, it will be time the PA STOP BEGGING for more foreign donations, as the means of supporting their government, which are based upon the PA's Oslo Promises of negotiation made to Israel, AND either START NEGOTIATIONS, or start cutting government spending and improving the economy so tax revenues increase !!!

11 ) Reader / from Edmonton
04/10/2012 22:10
With whom did Israel negotiate statehood? Israel unilaterally declared statehood within the territories as outlined by the United Nations in 1947. With whom did Israel negotiate borders outside those territories? No one. By the rules which Israel has agreed to follow, what exists outside its May 1948 borders is Palestine.

12 ) @ Statehood-10 / USA
04/10/2012 23:40
The PA Will Neither "STOP BEGGING", Nor will The PA "START NEGOTIATIONS", and The World Will Have To Accept This, just like Palestinians Will Have To Accept Their OCCUPATION SITUATION AS PERMANENT.

13 ) ian / australia
06/10/2012 06:29
#11 "...what exists outside its May 1948 borders is Palestine." Certainly a nice thought 'Reader', but hasn't the Green Line been formally recognised as the legal boundary in various UN resolutions and rulings giving it the force of law? I'd always thought so, but am happy to be wrong.
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