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'Israel to tell UN Palestinians aren't ready for statehood'

October 2, 2011 06:54

Foreign Ministry will reportedly submit report to UNSC; Israel to send envoys to Colombia, Bosnia, Herzegovina to persuade nations on PA bid.

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Israel is expected to submit a document to the UN Security Council that explains reasons why the Palestinians are not prepared for independent statehood, Israel Radio reported Sunday, including that the Palestinians have failed to hold national or local elections.

According to Israel Radio, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman instructed the Foreign Ministry's legal department to draft the report.

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The Foreign Ministry will send envoys in the coming days to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Colombia, in efforts to persuade those countries to vote against accepting the Palestinian state as the UN's newest member.

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The Palestinian Authority has been planning parallel diplomatic moves, announcing last week that they would also be sending top officials to the members of the UN Security Council believed to be on the fence about the issue.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki said last Thursday that he would soon visit Bosnia, while PA President Mahmoud Abbas would visit Colombia and Portugal in October, as part of efforts to secure the necessary nine votes in the UN Security Council to pass a resolution recognizing a Palestinian state as a full member in the world body, The Telegraph reported.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia and Portugal are three of the 15 nations currently sitting on the UN Security Council that must make a determination on the Palestinian statehood issue.

Malki added that Abbas will also visit Honduras and the Dominican Republic while on his Latin American swing, and the PA president was also scheduled to address the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France on October 6.

Malki said Thursday that the Palestinians have received approval from eight members of the UN Security Council in support of their bid for full membership to the United Nations.

If nine members of the Security Council vote in favor of the Palestinian state bid, the resolution will pass, unless one of the council's five permanent members uses a veto.

While the US, one of those five, has said before that it would veto the Palestinian resolution, it has also stated that it would rather not be forced to use the veto.

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