Acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas will submit a request for the status of non-member observer state for Palestine at the United Nations General Assembly on September 27. “Concerning the United Nations, it is something we completely agree on and we will go to the United Nations at the end of this month to seek the advice of various countries on a resolution which might be presented to the United Nations, so that there is the greatest possible consensus on this resolution,” Abbas said on September 6. He made the remarks during a visit to Egypt, where he met with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Abbas stated after the meeting that Cairo supports the Palestinian move. On September 5, Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said, “It has been decided to back the request of Palestine for non-member status at the United Nations because of the difficulty to obtain a full membership, a matter which requires (UN) Security Council approval.” The UN recognition of Palestine as a non-member observer state is the initial step toward full UN membership, which requires approval by the UN Security Council.
The United States and the Israeli regime are opposed to Palestine becoming a full UN member state.Palestinians will be given the non-member status in case of a majority vote in the 193-member UN General Assembly. On September 23, 2011, Abbas also submitted an “application of the state of Palestine for admission to membership in the United Nations” to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. However, the bid for full member status was unsuccessful as Washington said it would veto the move. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has already recognized Palestine as its member. On October 31, 2011, the UNESCO voted strongly in favor of membership for Palestinians. Of the 173 members voting, 107 were in favor, 14 opposed and 52 abstained. HSN/JR