PA: 8 Security Council members to back UN bid

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The foreign minister in the West Bank government said Thursday that eight Security Council members are guaranteed to vote in favor of the Palestinian bid for full membership of the United Nations.

“The Palestinian Authority is now working to secure the ninth vote,” Riyad al-Malki told Voice of Palestine radio, adding that the PA will seek either Colombia or Bosnia-Herzegovina’s vote.

The eight countries set to vote in favor of the UN bid are Russia, China, India, South Africa, Brazil, Lebanon, Nigeria and Gabon, al-Malki was quoted as saying by official news agency WAFA.

The membership committee of the Security Council, made up of all 15 council nations, will hold its first meeting on Friday.

The Council decided to refer the Palestinian request to its members committee during a meeting on Wednesday, which lasted for around two minutes as there were no objections to the review.

Envoy to the UN Riyad Mansour told reporters on Tuesday that PLO officials are to send high level delegations to council members in a bid to win backing.

The PLO campaign faces an uphill struggle as the US has vowed to veto any resolution backing its application.

The United States and Israel, which insist that only direct negotiations can produce an accord, are lobbying furiously for council members to oppose or abstain in the resolution.

If the resolution does not get nine votes in favor it will fail and the United States will not have to use its veto.

Nine of the 15 council members have already said they recognize the Palestinian state, but diplomats say the PLO will struggle to get nine votes for the UN proposal.

(www.maannews.net / 2909.2011)

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