France says to abstain in Palestinian UNSC vote
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Last Updated: Friday, November 04, 2011, 22:41
Paris: France confirmed on Friday that it would abstain in a Security Council vote on full Palestinian membership of the United Nations, deputy foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said.

"France reiterates its consistent proposal to envisage for Palestine, at this stage, the status of non-member observer state through a UN General Assembly vote that would be another step towards admission," Nadal said.

"While the region is seeing upheavals, the legitimacy of the Palestinian desire for a state is indisputable. The Palestinian demand however has no chance of achieving anything at the Security Council notably because of the United States' stated opposition.

"France... has warned the international community of the risks of confrontation and blockage that such a move could have.

"That's why yesterday France's permanent representative at the United Nations said that France would have no choice but to abstain at the Security Council," Nadal said.

The declaration confirmed what France, along with Britain and Colombia, reportedly told the Security Council at a closed-door hearing on Thursday, namely that they would abstain in any eventual Palestinian vote.

The promised abstentions on top of the US threat to veto such a resolution adds to pressure on the Palestinians to find an alternative way to press their case for greater international recognition.


First Published: Friday, November 04, 2011, 22:41

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