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The Palestinian campaign for statehood at the United Nations might suffer as a result of Security Council replacements set to take place in January, according to a report published in Businessweek on Friday night.
Pakistan, Morocco, Togo and Guatemala were elected on Friday to the 15-nation UN Security Council to replace members Lebanon, Nigeria, Gabon and Brazil for the years 2012 and 2013.
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The race for a fifth council seat, representing Eastern Europe and replacing Bosnia, was adjourned until Monday after neither of the two candidates, Azerbaijan and Slovenia, was able to win a two-thirds majority of the General Assembly after nine votes.
“This election won’t help the Palestinian cause,” Businessweek
cited UN analyst at Century Foundation Jeff Laurenti as saying.
“Guatemala will be in favor of everything Palestinian until the
Americans tell them otherwise. They can be persuaded to abstain.”
Lebanon, Gabon, Brazil and Nigeria had been expected to support the
statehood bid. With the replacements to take effect at the start of the
new year, the Palestinian Authority would have more success if it
pushes for a vote on membership in November when the Security Council is
scheduled to meet to discuss the bid, the report suggested.
The United Nations Security Council will discuss its internal committee
as to whether the Palestinians should be offered UN membership
on November 11, although the matter may not come to a vote for a few
The committee on the admission of new members to the UN will report back
to the Security Council on that date, at which point the Security
Council will consider the committee report, but there is “still no
clarity” on when a vote would take place, UN sources said.
Jordana Horn contributed to this report.