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UN Committee Unable To Agree On Palestinian Bid For Full Membership

UN committee fails to agree to invite Palestine as full member state

The Palestinians are currently a non-member observer state.

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The U.N. Security Council committee considering the Palestinian Authority’s application to become a full U.N. member state has “unanimously agreed to meet the criteria”, according to a committee report seen by Reuters on Tuesday. “We were unable to make any recommendations.”

Diplomatic sources say the Palestinian Authority still urges the 15-nation Security Council to vote on a resolution recommending Palestine become a full member of the world body as early as this week. That’s the outlook.

Such member states would effectively recognize the Palestinian state.

The Palestinians are currently a non-member observer state, and de facto state recognition was granted in 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly, which is made up of 193 member states.

However, any application to become a full member of the United Nations requires approval from the Security Council, which can be blocked by Israel’s ally the United States, but requires approval from at least two-thirds of the United Nations General Assembly.

The United States said earlier this month that the establishment of an independent Palestinian state should take place through direct negotiations between the parties, rather than through the United Nations.

The United Nations Security Council has long supported the vision of two countries living side by side within secure and recognized borders. The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, all of the territory captured by Israel in 1967.

Since the signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the early 1990s, there has been little progress toward realizing a Palestinian state.

Six months into the war between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas militant group in the Gaza Strip, and as Israel expands its settlements in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinians are seeking formal membership in the United Nations. ing.

The Security Council Committee on the Admission of New Members, made up of all 15 members, agreed to the report on Tuesday after meeting twice last week to discuss the Palestinian application.

The report stated that “on the question of whether the application met all the criteria for membership…the committee was unable to make a unanimous recommendation to the Security Council”, stating that “differing views… has been expressed,” he added.

United Nations membership is open to “peace-loving nations” capable and willing to accept and fulfill the obligations of the Charter of the United Nations.

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