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Palestinians seek full UN membership

January 8, 2018 at 11:37 am

Members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council on April 12, 2017 [Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency]

The Palestinian Authority is trying to upgrade its status at the United Nations from observer state to full state member, a Palestinian official said yesterday.

A member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, Ahmad Majdalani, told the Anadolu Agency that the Palestinian Authority is holding consultations with members of the UN Security Council to secure a vote for a draft resolution to grant Palestine full state membership.

“The proposal will be submitted after completing consultations to secure sufficient support to submit the project, although we are aware that the US will veto it,” he added.

Should America use its veto to block the move, Majdalani said “there is a second draft resolution in the Security Council, followed by a third and a fourth, until they are tired of us.”

To secure full state membership at the international organisation, the Palestinians need support from nine of the UN Security Council’s 15 members, provided that none of the five permanent member states use the power of veto.

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