Palestinians Officially Relaunch Bid to Join United Nations

Wed Apr 03 2024
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UNITED NATIONS, United States: The Palestinians have officially relaunched their application to become a full member state in the United Nations (UN).

UN envoy Riyad Mansour wrote a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday.

“Upon instructions of the Palestinian leadership, I have the honor to request that renewed consideration be given to this application by the Security Council during April 2024,” the Palestine UN envoy wrote in the letter, which has been transmitted to the council.

The Palestinians, who have had observer status at the world body since 2012, have lobbied for years to gain full membership, which would amount to recognition of Palestinian statehood.

The letter to UN Secretary General requested that the application dating back to 2011 be reconsidered this month by the Security Council.

In recent months, Mansour has repeatedly said that membership in the United Nations is a priority for the Palestinians in the face of Israel’s military attacks on the Gaza Strip.

To become a member of the United Nations, a country must first be proposed by the Executive Board and then approved by a two-thirds majority of the General Assembly.

A request by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2011 failed to pass a vote in the Security Council, and the General Assembly voted in November 2012 to grant the Palestinians observer status.

Observers say the request for Palestinian membership is unlikely to reach the Assembly because the United States, Israel’s closest ally, could use its Security Council veto to scuttle the move.

The Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Non-Aligned Movement supported the Palestinian proposal by sending a letter to Guterres on Tuesday.

“We wish to bring to your attention that, as of this date, 140 Member States have recognized the state of Palestine,” said the joint letter, which also mentioned the list of those countries.

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