September 22nd, 2011
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Palestine will not be intimidated

President-Mahmoud-AbbasUnited Nations: Palestinian’s refuse to be intimidated by the US veto power and pressure to abandon their bid for UN membership. The officials said they were determined to take their case to the Security Council and realise a goal unfulfilled by decades of negotiations. When it is his turn to speak tomorrow, at the UN General Assembly, President Mahmoud Abbas, will formally deliver a letter requesting membership.

Senior officials close to the President said the Palestinians would not accept political delays in their membership bid. Palestine’s UN membership was the hot topic that dominated the annual ministerial meeting of the world body.

The United States,still stands strong on its stand to veto the Palestinian move if they win the needed nine of 15 Security Council votes. According to the Palestinian statehood depends first on their establishment of peace with Israel. United States, the European Union and France are desperately trying to persuade Palestine to return to the negotiating table and make do with something less than full U.N. membership.

However, Mr Abbas refuses to compromise despite intense pressure. Palestinian officials claim that they are ready to leave the door open for a Plan-B. They may settle down for a mere upgradation of their current status as a permanent observer to a non-member observer state.That option is seen as the lesser of two evils by the U.S. and others seeking to steer them clear from the Security Council for now.

That persistence has put the Palestinians on a collision course with the United States and Israel. A frustrated President Barack Obama told world leaders during his Wednesday U.N. speech that “there are no shortcuts” to peace. “Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the United Nations,” Mr. Obama told delegates. “If it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now.”

India has decided to fully Palestine in its demand for recognition. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sent a letter this week to Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, assuring him of India’s full support at the UN.

“India’s relations with the Palestinian people are firmly rooted in history and our ethos. India has been unwavering in its support of the cause of Palestinian peoples’ struggle for sovereign, independent, viable and a United State of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital, living within secure and recognisable borders, side by side and at peace with Israel as endorsed in the Arab Peace Initiative,’ Dr Singh said in his letter


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