PA President Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Chip East)
are waiting for confirmation from the United States whether it will use
its veto power at the United Nations Security Council this September
when the Palestinian Authority is scheduled to request recognition for
an independent state, Israel Radio reported Tuesday. “This
is a legal, political and moral right,” Erekat said. “If the US uses
the veto against our request, we will return to the UN with a request to
upgrade the status of the Palestinian state to non-member.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas, currently in Norway, said that
Palestinians would go to the UN General Assembly if any Security
Council member vetoes the state bid.
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Abbas echoed statements made by PA negotiator Saeb Erekat earlier this week.
Afterward, we will go back to the Security Council once and twice and three times to ask for full membership.”
Erekat said that Abbas, who is currently touring a
number of EU countries, would ask Norway and Spain to recognize a
Palestinian state on the pre-1967 lines.
“President Abbas is determined to go to the UN,” said Erekat, who is accompanying Abbas.
Abbas also plans to visit Turkey in the coming days, to attend a meeting
of scores of PA ambassadors to discuss the PA’s diplomatic moves ahead
of September, Erekat disclosed.
Norway, host of the 1993 Palestinian-Israeli peace accords, said on
Monday it was "perfectly legitimate" for Palestinians to take their case
for statehood to the United Nations for voting in September.
"We will consider very carefully the proposed text that's to be put
forward by the Palestinians in the coming weeks," said Norwegian Foreign
Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere, with Abbas beside him at a press
"Norway believes it is perfectly legitimate for the Palestinian
president to turn to the United Nations with such proposals," Stoere
said, adding that continued negotiations with Israel will be required in