Palestinians to initiate statehood bid at UN in July: report

08:25, June 01, 2011      

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The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) will approach the United Nations (UN) Security Council as early as July in its bid to obtain recognition of statehood at the General Assembly in September, the Ha'aretz daily reported Tuesday.

The Israeli daily claimed to have a copy of a document shown to the Palestinian leadership last Wednesday, which lays out the PNA' s plans through September to achieve full membership status at the UN.

The procedure, as set by the UN Charter, initially requires a Security Council recommendation. The United States, which has consistently objected to the PNA's unilateral efforts to seek statehood, is expected to veto any such Security Council vote, analysts said.

The Palestinians, according to the newspaper, know that the chances of receiving a stamp of approval at the Security Council are slim. The report, however, quoted Israeli and foreign diplomatic sources as saying that the PNA is interested in isolating the U.S. at the council.

The General Assembly will then have to vote on the matter, where the Palestinian bid for an independent state is expected to pass with a large majority. But without Security Council approval, Palestine would not be a full UN member, analysts said.

According to the purported PNA timetable, the application letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will have to be submitted no later than mid-July.

It will include a request to be inducted as a full member of the UN on the basis of the 1967 cease-fire lines as well as a declaration that a Palestinian state accepts the principles of the organization's charter.

The General Assembly is scheduled to open in New York on Sept. 15.

In the event the Security Council recommends the UN membership, the Palestinians would then require a two-thirds majority, 128 states, in the General Assembly to obtain membership.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday told members of the Knesset parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that although the Security Council is not expected to recommend membership, Israel can do nothing to prevent the General Assembly from recognizing a Palestinian state.

"There's nothing we can do about it," Netanyahu told the committee, adding that "we have no way of blocking a decision by the assembly. We will get support there from only a few countries. "

Source: Xinhua
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