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Palestinians eye upgraded UN status

11-27-2012 07:41 BJT

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The Palestinian National Authority has circulated a revised UN draft resolution calling for its status in the General Assembly to be upgraded to "observer state".

A vote on the issue by the UN’s 193 member-states is scheduled for Thursday. A senior Western diplomat said only minor changes were made to the text distributed on Monday, which seems certain to win UN approval. The Palestinians are currently considered an observer "entity" at the UN.

Acceptance of them as a non-member state would implicitly recognize Palestinian statehood. The upgrade could also grant the Palestinians access to bodies like the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where they could file complaints against Israel.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is due to travel to New York for the planned vote. In an unexpected move, the Islamist group Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, gave its support to President Abbas’s bid. Hamas was previously against the bid, claiming it was a unilateral step by Abbas.


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