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Could The Palestinians Become A Full United Nations Member?

The Palestinians are a non-member observer state of the United Nations.

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The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday formally requested a review by the United Nations Security Council of its 2011 application for full membership in the world body.

Palestine’s U.N. special envoy, Riyad Mansour, told Reuters on Monday that the council aims to take a decision at a Middle East ministerial meeting on April 18, but no vote has yet been scheduled.

Details regarding UN membership are below.

What is the current status of Palestinians in the United Nations?

The Palestinians are a non-member observer state of the United Nations and have the same status as the Holy See.

The 193-member United Nations General Assembly effectively recognized Palestine as a sovereign state in November 2012, and upgraded its observer status in the world organization from “entity” to “non-member state.” There were 138 votes in favor, 9 votes against, and 41 abstentions.

How does the United Nations admit new member states?

A country wishing to join the United Nations typically submits an application to the UN Secretary-General, who sends the application to the 15-nation Security Council for review and vote.

Mansour sent a letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday requesting a new review by the Security Council of the Palestinians’ 2011 application for full membership. Guterres sent a letter to the Security Council, said U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

A 15-member council committee first evaluates applications to see if they meet the requirements for UN membership. The application will then be shelved or referred to a formal vote in the Security Council. Approval requires at least nine votes, with no vetoes by the United States, Russia, China, France or Britain.

Once the council approves the membership application, it goes to the General Assembly for approval. A two-thirds majority is required for a membership application to be approved by Parliament. A country cannot join the United Nations unless approved by both the Security Council and the General Assembly.

What happened to the Palestine application in 2011?

A UN Security Council committee spent several weeks assessing whether Palestine’s application met the requirements for UN membership. However, the committee was unable to reach a unanimous opinion, and the Security Council never formally voted on a resolution regarding Palestinian membership.

Diplomats said the Palestinians lacked the minimum nine votes needed to pass the resolution. The United States had said it would veto the move even if it had sufficient support.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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