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Norway FM reserved about Palestinian bid. Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas he is sceptical to his UN Security Council bid for full “Palestine” membership. Whilst saying Palestinians have a right to approach the UNSC, he said to NRK following their meeting that, “You should be reasonably sure of the outcome before doing this as the Security Council finalises work on something that has been prepared in advance.” Other European countries and the United States are against the bid due to the lack of peace negotiations with Israel.

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Norway FM reserved about Palestinian bid

Published on Wednesday, 21st September, 2011 at 12:44 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas he is sceptical to his UN Security Council bid for full “Palestine” membership.

Jonas Gahr Støre and Mahmoud Abbas
Jonas Gahr Støre and Mahmoud Abbas
Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Flickr


Whilst saying Palestinians have a right to approach the UNSC, he said to NRK following their meeting that, “You should be reasonably sure of the outcome before doing this as the Security Council finalises work on something that has been prepared in advance.”

Other European countries and the United States are against the bid due to the lack of peace negotiations with Israel.

The US has tried to get Palestine and Israel back to negotiations, but Abbas has stated that he has lost faith in the negotiations.

It is expected the US will Veto the endeavour. This will not be needed if 9 of the 15 UNSC countries vote no, however.

Whilst Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is convinced that the Security Council will say no to the Palestinian bid, FM Støre fears Abbas’ decision is ill advised.

Norway has already indicated it would support a separate Palestinian state, albeit with conditions, and the Foreign Minister strongly advocates the Palestinian people approach the General Assembly instead.

“My main message has been to warn against this [going to the UNSC], as they know the result will be a no, either due to a US veto, or lack of majority for Palestinian membership. I believe this could then turn friends into enemies. The Palestinians don’t need these,” he told Aftenposten, Monday.

NTB reports Palestinian chief negotiator Nabil Shaath told the Press on behalf of President Abbas that, “He will try the Security Council first for political reasons. All other options are open after that.”



Published on Wednesday, 21st September, 2011 at 12:44 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: jonasgahrstoere, mahmoudabbas, palestinestaterecognition, nabilshaath.





  
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