Ramallah (Palestinian Territories): President Mahmud Abbas has promised Palestinians he will seek UN membership before the Security Council next week, amid mounting opposition from Israel and the United States.
With Washington calling the move "counterproductive,"
Abbas told Palestinians in a televised address on Friday: "It
is our legitimate right to demand the full membership of the
state of Palestine in the UN.
Europe on Saturday joined the diplomatic tussle, calling
for a "constructive solution" on Palestinian statehood and a
resumption of negotiations with Israel.
"We continue to believe that a constructive solution that
can gather as much support as possible and allows for the
resumption of negotiations is the best and only way to deliver
the peace and two state solution the Palestinian people want,"
said Jaja Cocijanic, spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief
Russia has said it will vote in favour of the Palestinian
move, and on Friday US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
phoned her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to discuss
"certain issues of the Middle East situation," including the
Palestinian UN bid, a foreign ministry statement in Moscow
In Israel on Saturday, Yossi Peled, a Likud party
minister without portfolio in the government of Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, told public radio that Israel could not
prevent the Palestinian UN recourse.
First Published: Saturday, September 17, 2011, 19:17