United Nations Security Council 311 (R).
(photo credit: ERIC THAYER / Reuters)
A UN Security Council subcommittee was expected on
Friday to submit a full report on the Palestinian statehood request for full membership to the UN Security Council.
The UNSC was expected to approve the report which has been circulating in draft form.
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British Foreign Secretary William Hague
said on Wednesday that Britain would abstain in any vote on
full Palestinian membership of the UN.
Since the Palestinians need the support of nine Security Council
members for their request to be approved, an abstention is the equivalent of a
vote against the Palestinian bid.
The UK is one of 15 nations on the Security
Council that is debating whether or not to grant a Palestinian state
Israel assumes that Germany, Portugal and Colombia have told the Security Council that they will
oppose the membership application, mostly likely in the form of an
The US plans to oppose the measure.
Lebanon, South Africa, Russia and China are expected to support the
Palestinians. The position of Nigeria, Gabon, Bosnia and Herzegovina are
Should all nine of those countries support the Palestinians, the
US – one of five Security Council members with veto power – has promised to use
that veto to squash the measure.
But Palestinians have pressed forward,
despite the US-veto threat, in the hope that a strong show of support would
stand as one more sign that they had the backing of the international community
for unilateral recognition of statehood without a treaty with Israel, even if
they failed to attain UN membership.Jpost.com staff contributed to this report.