Palestine Quest for UN Statehood at the Security Council Stymied

It appears that the Palestinians’ request to become a full-fledged member of the United Nations by applying to the Security Council this fall has hit major stumbling blocks. As reported by Evelyn Leopold in a Huffington Post blog, the Palestinians are not expected to get the nine votes in the 15-member Security Council that they need for nationhood status at the United Nations, a quest they began talking about early this year.

Riyad Mansour, permanent observer of Palestine to the UN, speaking to reporters.

A special Security Council committee assigned to the Palestinians’ membership application has been debating the request in the last two months, but it seems that Bosnia-Herzegovina, Britain, Colombia, France, Germany and Portugal will abstain in a Security Council vote and that the US will stick with its pledge of a no vote or possibly abstain, too. The committee is expected to report on Nov. 11 on whether Palestine meets the requirements of nationhood at the United Nations.

To read Leopold’s full post, go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/evelyn-leopold/palestine-un-statehood_b_1086336.html

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