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Report: France, Britain to abstain from UN vote

Two European nations won't oppose or support Palestinian bid for membership at Security Council, CNN reports

France and Britain are planning to abstain from a vote on the Palestinian bid for UN membership, CNN reported Friday.


According to the report, a Security Council diplomat claimed that France told members of the UN body about its intentions at a Thursday afternoon meeting of the admissions committee for new UN membership.


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Another UN diplomat told CNN that Britain will also abstain, with one of its representatives likewise announcing its intentions at the same closed-door meeting.





The Security Council is set to convene next week to discuss a report about whether or not to admit Palestine as a UN member.


The Palestinians are unlikely to win the vote as the US has already announced it would veto any resolution granting the PA full UN membership.


However, a veto may not be necessary if a minimum of nine nations - out of 15 on the UN council - don't support the Palestinians' bid.


It September, it was estimated that Lebanon, China, Russia, South Africa, Brazil and India will vote in favor of the bid leaving Portugal, Gabon, Nigeria, Bosnia and Colombia to cast the deciding votes on the matter.


However, some of the Security Council members are set to b replaced in January.




פרסום ראשון: 11.04.11, 08:10
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