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Palestinian Authority Lobbying Undecided UN Members, Maliki Says

September 30, 2011

Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) -- The Palestinian Authority is lobbying undecided members of the United Nations Security Council to back its bid for full UN membership, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Maliki said.

The Palestinians aren’t satisfied with the eight votes they have secured so far, Maliki said yesterday in Ramallah at a news conference, segments of which were aired by Al Arabiya television. Nine votes in the 15-member council are needed to approve membership. The U.S. has said it will veto any Security Council vote on Palestinian statehood.

Maliki said the Palestinians are in contact with Bosnia, Colombia and Portugal to persuade them to back their bid, the London-based Telegraph newspaper reported. Maliki will visit Bosnia, while PA President Mahmoud Abbas will travel to Colombia and Portugal, it said.

Abbas presented his case for recognition of Palestine as the UN’s 194th member state at the General Assembly on Sept. 23. It is due to be discussed by an admissions committee of the Security Council tomorrow, the start of a process that could take weeks.

--With assistance from Caroline Alexander in London, Editors: Karl Maier, Jennifer M. Freedman

To contact the reporters on this story: Massoud A. Derhally in Beirut, Lebanon at mderhally@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net.


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