Palestinian bid at UN backed by over half of EU States

More than half of EU states to back Palestinian bid at UN: Austria

Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:37AM GMT

More than half of the 27 member states of the European Union are expected to vote for the upgrading of the status of Palestine to non-member observer state at the United Nations this week, Austria’s Foreign Ministry says.

The Austrian ministry stated on Tuesday that Vienna will aslo support the Palestinian bid to upgrade its status at the UN from “observer entity” to “observer state.”

On November 26, acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas submitted a resolution to the UN General Assembly requesting the upgrade. The UN assembly will vote on the bid on November 29.

Palestinians need a majority vote from the 193 members of the General Assembly to win the bid.

Currently, as many as 130 nations, which already recognize Palestine as a sovereign state, are in favor of the upgrade.

On Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, France would vote in favor of a “non-member observer state” status for Palestine.

“We will vote with coherence and clarity… for years and years France’s consistent position has been the recognition of the Palestinian state,” he said.

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian envoy to the UN, said France’s decision was a “historic” move.

“It is of a magnitude of a historic level and I am sure that many other European countries will follow the example of France and we thank them in advance for being on the side of history and the side of humanity.”

Meanwhile, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo told his country’s parliament on Wednesday that Madrid will also support the Palestinian bid.

“Spain will vote ‘Yes’ tomorrow to the Palestinian request in line with our history and because we believe it is the most appropriate solution to move towards peace,” he said.

Danish Foreign Minister Villy Soevndal also said in a statement on Wednesday that Denmark will vote in favor of the Palestinian UN bid at the General Assembly meeting on Thursday.

On November 22, Swiss public broadcaster RTS reported that Switzerland decided to back Palestine in its bid at the UN.

The observer state status will grant Palestinians access to UN agencies and the International Criminal Court, where they could file formal complaints against the Israeli regime.

The United States and the Tel Aviv regime have spared no means over the past two years to stymie the Palestinian efforts to upgrade the status.

Washington used its veto power to block Palestine’s full membership bid at the UN Security Council in 2011.

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