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Palestine to be backed by France in UN vote

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 21:30

Zeenews Bureau

Paris: France has decided to vote for the confirmation of non- member observer status for Palestine backing its year old demand.

The Palestinians had proposed the UN Assembly for a status promotion which will b decided by a vote this week.
Foreign Minister of France, Laurent Fabius said that it affirms to Palestine "out of a concern for coherency", as per BBC reports.

France till now is the only permanent member expressing support for Palestine.

If Palestine manages to win majority on the issue , it will then be allowed to participate in Assembly debates and stands a chance of joining UN agencies.

According to the Telegraph, the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank, but not Gaza, hopes that the international backing of a yes vote will persuade Israel to return to full peace negotiations after more than two years of impasse.

The Palestinians seek General Assembly recognition of a state of Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, territories Israel captured in 1967.

While such a nod would be largely symbolic, they would gain firm international approval of the pre-1967 frontier as the border between Israel and a future Palestine.

A bid last year to win full UN membership for Palestine, rather than as an observer state, failed because the Palestinians did not have sufficient support in the UN Security Council.



First Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 21:30

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