US envoy ‘threatens aid’ over UN statehood bid

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — US consul-general to Jerusalem Daniel Rubinstein on Friday warned that the US would take “punitive measures” if the Palestinians sought membership in the UN, an official said.

PLO official Saeb Erekat quoted Rubinstein as saying the US will veto any resolution in the Security Council and lawmakers will cut off  financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority.

“If the Palestinian Authority insists on going to the Security Council, the US will use the veto,” a statement from Erekat’s office quoted Rubinstein as saying in a meeting in Jericho.

And if the PA “seeks to upgrade its position at the UN through the General Assembly, the US Congress will take punitive measures against it, including cutting US aid,” Rubinstein added.

Erekat says he urged the US to reconsider its position.

The US Consulate in Jerusalem did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.

( / 26.08.2011)

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