Riad Malki 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman )
Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-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
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If nine members of the Security Council vote in
favor of the Palestinian state bid, the the resolution will pass, unless
one of the council's five permanent members uses a veto.
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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.
The Palestinians, however, have been rigorous in garnering support from Security Council members. On Tuesday, Malki said that Nigeria
a non-permamnent member of the UNSC, had joined seven other nations in
throwing their support behind the Palestinian-membership resolution,
despite the fact that Defense Minister Ehud Barak seemed to think he had
Nigeria away from the Palestinian bid.
to Malki, the eight Security Council members who will back the
resolution are Russia, China, India, South Africa, Brazil, Lebanon,
Nigeria, and Gabon - a Central African Nation that Israel media was
reporting as being "on the fence" about the issue. Malki said that the
Palestinians will focus their attention on persuading either Bosnia and
Herzegovina or Columbia to offer their vote in favor of the resolution.
While Israel has insisted it is willing
to immediately return to peace talks without
pre-conditions as per the the so-called Quartet of Middle East
mediator's initiative, the PA has been adamant about following through
with the UN move.
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Malki pointed out last Saturday
that the Quartet initiative, which was
launched over the weekend after PA President Mahmoud Abbas submitted to
UN General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon an official request for full membership
in the UN, does not call for a cessation of settlement construction or
for a pullout to the pre-1967 lines.
The UN Security Council will discuss
the Palestinian application on Wednesday morning.
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