Palestinians won`t accept less than full UN seat
Jerusalem: The Palestinians will not accept anything less than full United Nations membership and do not want an upgrade to an observer state in the world body, the foreign minister said on Thursday.
Riyad al-Malki`s remarks suggested the Palestinians would not seek such an upgrade once their bid for full state membership meets the fate widely expected for it -- failure because of opposition from the United States, among other governments.
"We do not want, after all of these struggles, sacrifices, and efforts by the entire Palestinian people, to accept an observer state in the United Nations. We will not accept less than we deserve: a full member state," he said.
The Palestinians now hold the status of an observer entity at the United Nations. Their bid for statehood recognition has drawn fierce criticism and sanctions from the United States and Israel, which in 1967 captured territory the Palestinians now seek for a state. Peace talks collapsed last year.
The US Congress has frozen some $200 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority over its statehood quest.
Israel this week froze duties it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in response to its admission to the UN cultural agency UNESCO. Malki said for now the Palestinians would not seek to join more UN agencies as a full member.
"At this moment, we are not concerned with applying for membership for Palestine in the rest of the international organizations," he told journalists in Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.
UNESCO`s vote in favor of Palestinian membership triggered an automatic cutoff in US funding to the agency under US law. The idea of the Palestinians joining more international agencies had raised the prospect of bodies such as the World Health Organization also losing their US funding.
"The official Palestinian position is to concentrate only on the request for membership which we presented to the United Nations," Malki said.
President Mahmoud Abbas applied for full UN membership for the state of Palestine on September 23 during the General Assembly in New York. That request is currently being considered in the Security Council.
Its fate will likely be decided on or around November 11. But the United States has already pledged to use its Security Council veto if the application is brought to a vote.
Both the United States and Israel argue that the Palestinian push in the United Nations is unilateral and an attempt to bypass peace talks, whose resumption Abbas has conditioned on an Israeli freeze of settlement activity in occupied territory.
The Palestinians, in turn, say those negotiations have failed to bring them closer to the independent state they seek in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. They say it is time to try a different approach.
Faced with the prospect of a US veto, officials in Ramallah have said the Palestinians could seek an upgrade in their status to a "non-member state" -- an idea also suggested by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Such an upgrade could be won through a resolution in the General Assembly. There, the Palestinians would likely glean the kind of support that secured their UNESCO membership.
The Palestinians would then enjoy status equal to the Vatican and secure the all-important title of a state.
Addressing what would happen if they fail in their bid for full UN membership, Malki said: "We will repeat this experiment a second time, a third time and a fourth time until we reach that membership. We will not accept less than it."
Echoing Washington, Israel said on Thursday it would also halt funding to UNESCO over the cultural agency`s decision to grant the Palestinians full membership.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Salman Khan attends sister Arpita's wedding reception in Mandi
- I eat beef, can somebody stop me?: Kiren Rijiju hits back at Naqvi
- Zee Media's mega survey on Modi govt
- Zee Media Exclusive: Vidya Balan chats about 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani'
- Delhi: Visually impaired boy scores 91.4% in CBSE 12th Board exams
- MP: 14-year-old boy works as bonded labour since 2009
- UP: Man chops off wife's nose, hair for dowry
- Zee Media Exclusive: The plight of yoga expert Tejaswi Sharma
- Woman denied flat in Mumbai for being a Muslim
- 4 Indians in Forbes' 100 most powerful women list
- BBV: What challenges lie ahead of Modi govt?
- DNA analysis of rising water crisis in India!
- Gujjar stir: HC asks Rajasthan govt to clear rail track, roads
- DNA: Delhi shop owners express their plight through Zee initiative 'My News'
- Watch: Zee Media mega survey on Modi govt- Part 2
- Arpita-Aayush wedding reception: Salman Khan spreads love in Mandi, says `hum aapke hain`
- CBSE Class 10 Board Result 2015 (cbse.nic.in, cbseresults.nic.in) postponed?
- CBSE Class 10 Board Result 2015 to be announced today
- Check mahresult.nic.in for MSBSHSE Maharashtra Class 12 HSC Result 2015
- Maharashtra MSBSHSE HSC Result 2015 on mahresult.nic.in
- MSBSHSE Class 12th HSC results 2015 to be declared at 1pm tomorrow
- Rahul Gandhi takes a dig at one year of Modi govt, wishes 'happy birthday' to 'suit-boot ki sarkar'
- I was misquoted, says Kiren Rijiju on 'beef' remark
- mahresult.nic.in updated with MSBSHSE Maharashtra HSC Class XII Result 2015
- First look: Salman Khan steals thunder in `Bajrangi Bhaijaan`
- CBSE 10th result to be declared tomorrow
- Manmohan Singh defends himself on 2G charge, slams Modi govt for 'carbon copy' schemes
- Check mahresult.nic.in for Maharashtra HSC Result 2015 to be announced at 1 pm on May 27
- Sonia Gandhi 'unconstitutional authority' during UPA: PM Narendra Modi
- Reservation stir: Five percent job quota to Gujjars unlikely, hints Rajasthan govt