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The majority of Europeans in the UK, France and Germany believe that their government should vote in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state at the UN later this month, British newspaper the Guardian reported Monday according to an opinion poll.
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The poll, conducted by YouGov on behalf of Avaaz, an organization that has been petitioning in support of the Palestinian statehood bid, showed that 59 percent in the UK favored statehood recognition in the UN, while in France and Germany the figures were higher at 69% and 71%, respectively.
Europeans in the three nations also overwhelmingly support the right of
the Palestinians to their own independent state: 71% in the UK, 82% in
France and 86% in Germany, the Guardian reported.
Despite widespread support on the European street, none of the three countries have officially announced their intentions for the Palestinian UN bid on September 20, and policy differences
with regards to the Palestinian state surfaced among EU nations when a
number of European foreign ministers met in Poland earlier this month.
"So far the positions in the EU are very divergent," Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said in Poland.
Palestinian statehood bid has little chance of success because of
opposition from the United States which has said it would veto it at the
A veto would prevent a vote from being held at
the General Assembly but the Palestinians may seek an upgrade of their
status instead which would bring the issue up for discussion at the
As well as aggravating tensions in the Middle East, for
the EU, a vote at the UN could be deeply embarrassing, if members of the
27-state bloc split into opposing camps, with some backing Palestinian
efforts and others opposing them.
According to the Guardian
, European foreign ministers will meet Monday
in Brussels in order to find common ground on the Palestinian issue.
Reuters contributed to this report.