Palestinians seek support for UN recognition

Last Updated: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 15:12

Ramallah: A senior Palestinian official says the Palestinians will make the rounds of nearly a dozen countries to try to drum up more support for their bid to have the United Nations recognise a Palestinian state.

Hana Amireh, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation`s decision-making Executive Committee, said on Monday that Palestinian officials will visit Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India, among other countries.

On Sunday, the West Bank Palestinian leadership formally decided to seek UN recognition in September of a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.

Recognition by the UN General Assembly would carry diplomatic weight but no legal clout.

Only the UN Security Council can add a nation to the world body, and the US has signalled it would veto such a resolution.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 15:12

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