PA's UN envoy: We're considering options for statehood

January 7, 2012 01:24


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The Palestinian Authority is considering a number of options with regard to its push for full membership in the United Nations but the timing of those steps will be affected by current efforts to restart direct negotiations with Israel, PA envoy to the UN Riyad Mansour said Friday.

Among the steps the PA is considering, Mansour explained, are reactivating the application in the Security Council, moving it to the UN General Assembly, joining other UN agencies and the option of becoming a state party to various international treaties and conventions.

Regarding the recent talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Amman last week "to remove obstacles to negotiations," Mansour noted the deadline set by the Quartet for resuming talks later this month. With an eye on resuming the bid for statehood in the UN, he added, the PA is waiting "to see if these obstacles can be removed and if direct negotiations can resume," which he said is affecting the timing of actions in the UN.

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