Palestine to be backed by France in UN vote

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.