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Palestine UN status lift gets Norway nod. Norway will be approving the Palestinians’ bid to ask the UN General Assembly for upgrade to a ‘non-member observer’ state, officials say. Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide publicised Norway’s decision this morning, declaring, “The Palestinians are clearly in their right to send an application.” “We’ll be voting in favour as we’ve read it and agree with what the text says,” he added.

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Palestine UN status lift gets Norway nod

Published on Wednesday, 28th November, 2012 at 13:19 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 28th November 2012 at 14:13.

Norway will be approving the Palestinians’ bid to ask the UN General Assembly for upgrade to a ‘non-member observer’ state, officials say.

Espen Barth Eide addressing the UN
Foreign Minister addressing the UN as the then Deputy Foreign Minister in 2011Espen Barth Eide addressing the UN
Photo: UN Photo/Lou Rouse


Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide publicised Norway’s decision this morning, declaring, “The Palestinians are clearly in their right to send an application.”

“We’ll be voting in favour as we’ve read it and agree with what the text says,” he added.

Palestine is already a UN observer. Any raising of status would be without it getting voting rights.

Norway’s move today also comes following its earlier cautious endorsement for Palestinian UN recognition, and conditional support for a separate Palestinian state.

Moreover, Norway has favoured Palestine obtains a seat at the UN.

“Both the Palestinian readiness for statehood and the declarations and commitments they have made should be acknowledged,” then Deputy Foreign Minister Barth Eide told the UN last year, following President Mahmoud Abbas’ bid for full UN membership.

“Norway has consistently stood by Israel and its inherent right to self-defence in accordance with international law. We have also supported the Palestinian right to statehood and the building of the Palestinian Authority (PA).”

Jonas Gahr Støre, who was Foreign Minister at the time, warned President Abbas against his move, though. 

He advised Abbas to go to the UN General Assembly instead of the UN Security Council, fearing the Palestinian President’s move could backfire. 

Israeli diplomats worked feverishly at the time to avoid what they termed as a “train crash” at the UN if the Palestinian President ran the full course.

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told The Foreigner about Norway’s move today that it viewed the Palestinian resolution balanced and constructivethat has established that the Palestinians want to live in peace with Israel.

“We have actively supported the development and protection of the Palestinian institutions through our chairmanship of the Ad Hoc Liaison Group (AHLC). This forms an important part of why we choose to support the Palestinian proposal at the UN,” stated Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide in a statement.

Regarding Norway’s concern the resolution text does not contribute to increased fragmentation and a difficult negotiating climate between the parties, the Minister declares, “the resolution proposal that is put forward stands for prior commitments.”

“[It also confirms] the line of negotiation. We believe it is important to vote for the proposal for upgraded status,” concluded Minister Barth Eide.

Israel’s ambassador to Norway, Naim Araidi, expressed concern about what he viewed as the possible consequences of the Norwegian-Palestinian move, referring to the 1993 Oslo Agreement.

“It is regrettable that Norway supports a move that violates the Oslo Accords that Norway itself sponsored and UN resolutions 242, 338 and 1850, according to which the conflict must be resolved by direct negotiations,” he declared in a statement.

“Peace requires trust, and therefore it cannot be reached by unilateral moves. A violation of a signed agreement severely damages trust and the ability to reach a future arrangement.”

Calling the General Assembly resolution as a “symbolic and procedural measure”, he believes it will not change the present situation, or “improve the reality on the ground.”

“Israel aspires for a peace agreement with the Palestinians, and she will be the first to recognize a Palestinian State that is agreed upon in direct negotiations," Ambassador Araidi stated.

The UN will handle Palestine’s case at a meeting in New York on Thursday.




Published on Wednesday, 28th November, 2012 at 13:19 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 28th November 2012 at 14:13.

This post has the following tags: palestineun, norwaypalestinesupport.


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