UN Security Council meets on Palestinian admission

Lebanese PM says “Palestinian Spring train left the station,” Palestinian bid for statehood would end “decades of historic injustice.”

September 28, 2011 07:58
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NEW YORK – The United Nations Security Council, after holding a closed door meeting Monday on the Palestinians’ application to become a UN member state, will discuss the application at its meeting Wednesday morning.

Then, Lebanese Ambassador to the UN Nawaf Salam said, the Security Council will decide whether to refer the application to its committee on the admission of new members.

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If the Security Council recommends admission – which requires nine “yes” votes from the council’s 15 members and no veto being exercised by the US, China, France, Russia or the UK – the recommendation would be presented to the General Assembly, which would need to vote on the new state’s admission by a two-thirds majority.

According to The Washington Post, US officials said Monday they were instructing fellow council meetings not to rush to act on the Palestinian statehood bid, as well as trying to enlist help to persuade the Palestinians not to push for a quick vote.

At Tuesday’s Security Council meeting, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Makati said that the previous day, “the Palestinian Spring train left the station,” and that the Palestinian bid for statehood would end “decades of historic injustice.”

Makati demanded that Israel withdraw from the Golan Heights as well as all areas where it has, according to him, a presence in the Lebanese south.

“We hope that this council will always be the bedrock of defense of the weak before the strong, the victim before the usurper,” he said.

“Lebanon will always take the road of justice towards peace.”

UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe delivered his summary report to the Security Council Tuesday, saying meetings over the past week confirmed “the institutional readiness of the Palestinian Authority to run a state.”

Pascoe noted the Quartet’s call to resume negotiations, and said that now was the time “to give diplomacy a chance.” He expressed the hope that there could be a negotiated Israeli-Palestinian agreement in place no later than the end of 2012.

Pascoe cautioned both Israel and the Palestinians to refrain from provocation, and said that resuming negotiations is “easier said than done.” He said of both PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that at last week’s General Assembly session, “despite the frustrations and lack of trust, each leader extended his hand for peace.”

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