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The President of the Security Council today (28 September) referred Palestine’s application to become a United Nations Member State to the committee that deals with the admission of new members.
Lebanese Ambassador Nawaf Salam, President of the Council for the month of September informed the Council on the decision and received no objections.
The Council’s Committee on the Admission of New Members is slated to consider the application on Friday.
Any application for UN membership is considered by the Council, which decides whether or not to recommend admission to the 193-member General Assembly, which then has to adopt a resolution for the admission of a Member State.
Meanwhile yesterday the Israeli Government announced the construction of 1,100 new settlement units in East Jerusalem. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been stalled since late September last year after Israel’s refusal to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity.
Outside the Council, Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour denounced Israel’s decision as an “offensive and provocative action”, and said it was a “clear answer” to the Quartet on the Middle East which is mediating between the two parties and has called for the end to new settlement activity.
Mansour said that settlements are “an illegal obstacle to peace and they need to be stopped.”
Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor responded by saying that Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish People since “London was still a swamp”, but insisted that “everything is negotiable” while adding that “Palestinians use every pretext in order to find a reason not to go into negotiations.”
Palestine, which currently has observer status at the UN, submitted the application for full membership based on resolution 181 adopted by the General Assembly in November 1947 which decided on the partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab States.
The Council’s decision to refer the application comes almost a week after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas submitted the application to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who then forwarded it to the 15-member body.
Year of Production: 2011
Length: 2 mins
Country: United Nations
Palestine/Israeli Confrontation-UN by DiplomaticallyIncorrect is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 License.
- Susan Sacirbey (UNTV)
- Muhamed Sacirbey (UNTV)