September 26th, 2011
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UN Security Council to discuss Palestine membership

palestinian president- Mahmoud AbbasUnited Nations: The UN Security Council will hold consultations on Palestine’s application to become a UN member state on today, according to Lebanese Ambassador Nawaf Salam, the president of the council this month.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has forwarded the Palestinian application for recognition of statehood to the President of the Security Council, where US has threatened to veto any such resolution. For the Palestine, full membership depends on nine approved votes in the 15-member Security Council as well as concurrence of the five permanent members.

Palestinians Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met Ban just before he addressed the 66th session of the General Assembly on friday and submitted his application for Palestine to be admitted as a full member of the world body on the basis of June 4, 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.

It remains unclear how long it will take for the council to study the Palestinian application before it votes on the bid. Speaking at the UN General Assembly on Friday, Abbas said no one “with a shred of conscience” could reject the Palestinian application for full UN membership. “Our efforts are not aimed at isolating Israel or delegitimizing it, we only aim to delegitimize the settlement activity,” he added.

“I call upon Secretary General to expedite transmittal of our request to the Security Council and I call upon the distinguished members of the Security Council to vote in favour of our full membership. I also appeal to the States that have yet not recognised the State of Palestine to do so.” Abbas said in his address.


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