Palestinian Authority Is Serious About Full UN Membership
Palestine– While there are chances that America might block the move, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is determined to becoming a full member of the United Nations. In the year 2012, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the de facto recognition of the “state of Palestine” when it upgraded the PA’s UN observer status to non-member state.
Any country’s introduction to the UN Security Council means there has to be approval by the United States or any other country like Russia and China that have the veto power to disapprove the introduction. This will be an important step for PL as this would mean complete recognition of PL’s statehood at an international level.
“We know that we are going to face a US veto but that won’t prevent us from presenting our application for full UN membership, PA foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki was quoted as speaking to the media. It is confirmed that the PA will begin lobbying Security Council members with a view to presenting the application for UN membership in “a few weeks,” said Maliki.
The PA has been gaining importance gradually. Quite recently, the PA assumed chairmanship of the Group of 77 bloc of developing countries at the UN. In October, the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of allowing the PA to chair the group in 2019, thus allowing the PA to act more like a full UN member state during meetings in 2019.
PA has been under sudden focused attack by Israel forces creating a fragile situation in maintain the truce that has been brokered recently by the UN. PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas was at the ceremony and said that he was moving towards a two-state solution.
The Palestinians seek to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as the capital, while Israel claims the entire city as its eternal indivisible capital.