UN has handed Palestinian Bid to UNSC President
United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has forwarded the Palestinian application for recognition of a statehood to the President of the Security Council, where US has threatened to veto any such resolution.
For the Palestine, full membership depends on nine approved votes in the 15-member Security Council as well as concurrence of the five permanent members.
Palestinians Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met Ban just before he addressed the 66th session of the General Assembly yesterday and submitted his application for Palestine to be admitted as a full member of the world body on the basis of June 4, 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.
"I call upon Secretary General to expedite transmittal of our request to the Security Council and I call upon the distinguished members of the Security Council to vote in favour of our full membership," Abbas said in his address.
"I also appeal to the States that have yet not recognised the State of Palestine to do so."
Arguing that all previous peace efforts "were repeatedly smashed against the rocks of the positions of the Israeli government," he was forced to seek full UN membership bid.
Abbas said he was ready to return to the negotiations with the Israelis, saying he did not want to isolate or delegitimize Israel.
The US has vowed to veto the unilateral Palestinian bid at the Security Council, saying talks between Israel and the Palestinians is the only real path to peace and statehood