Fatah official: Palestinians have plan if statehood vetoed

September 4, 2011 14:21

If the UN bid for Palestinian statehood should fail this month, Palestinian leadership would work first to gain membership to every UN organization and then resubmit their bid to the Security Council, said senior Fatah official Nabil Shaath on Sunday, according to Ma'an news agency.

The United States has made it clear that they would veto the vote later this month, making it impossible for the resolution to pass. However, the General Assembly could still upgrade the Palestinians' status from observer status to that of a non-member state. This change would allow them to join a number of UN bodies and conventions.

Shaath also said that he is confident that Europe will support the statehood bid, and that "Palestinians would not return to negotiations in light of the US and Israeli positions."

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