Egyptian FM Mohammed Amr
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General Assembly. Fateful vote
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Egypt rallies support for Palestinians at UN

Cairo lobbies members of Non-Aligned Movement to support Palestinian statehood bid, but Belgrade meeting ends with no official declaration

Egypt lobbied the more than 100 members of the Non-Aligned Movement on Tuesday to support Palestinian statehood at the United Nations this month, and said it believed a majority would do so after a two-day meeting of the group in Serbia.


A two-day meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Belgrade, marking the 50th anniversary of its inception during the Cold War, ended without adoption of an official declaration.


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But the Egyptian chair, Foreign Minister Mohammed Amr, said in concluding remarks that its members would "continue to support the Palestinian endeavors during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly for the recognition of the State of Palestine based on the borders of the 4th of June 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital and to seek its admission as a full member in the United Nations."


Organizers said the remarks were on behalf of some 101 full members and observer states present. Amr later told a news conference: "There will be no official resolution coming from this meeting, but there's a feeling that the majority of non-aligned countries will support the UN resolution."


Organizers of the Belgrade meeting said membership of the movement was now 120, mainly Asian, African and Latin American states.


Diplomats at the United Nations say it remains unclear how the Palestinians will proceed - with an application for full UN membership, upgraded status, or both.




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