Topic: Palestinian UN statehood bid
MOSCOW, September 23 (RIA Novosti)
- Israel to end talks with Palestinians if UN bid goes ahead
- Abbas to submit UN bid after General Assembly address
- Palestinian UN bid should be resolved by consensus - Russian FM
- Russia to back Palestinian UN bid
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas filed on Friday a request for a UN vote on Palestinian statehood recognition to UN chief Ban Ki-moon.
Crowds gathered in the West Bank cheered the news.
Abbas began a speech to the UN General Assembly shortly after.
The U.S. has said it will use its Security Council veto to block any Palestinian bid for full membership of the UN.
But Abbas said he will go ahead with the bid anyway. The majority of UN member states support their bid, but approval in the General Assembly alone would not give the Palestinians full membership status.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said earlier in the day that Tel Aviv would pull out of talks with the Palestinians if they pressed ahead with the attempt to gain UN membership.
The Security Council has yet to fix a date for its consideration of the bid, although Ban is expected to ask it to do so as soon as possible.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Removing Protesters’ Barricades in Kiev
Infographics: First Russian Smartphone
Some people are trying to make the reality in Russia at least a bit more humane. The amnesty should apply not only to persons involved in high-profile cases, but also to individuals who are not as well-known. It is better to set free at least some of the individuals who deserve to be released than no one at all.