Palestine to back bid for UN recognition of statehood

Palestinian leadership has announced that it will intensify its internal and foreign movements to back their bid for UN recognition of statehood with 1967 borders. A senior Palestinian official today said President Mahmoud Abbas had already begun these steps and said Abbas will start an international tour this week for earning the largest support for the bid.

Official said Abbas met with various Arab and foreign diplomats at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday and discussed with them his upcoming steps to earn the enough support for passing the bid. The bid for a statehood, submitted to the UN last week, was debated by the Security Council, then it was moved to a membership committee to prepare it for voting. The Palestinians believe now they have eight out of 15 Security Council members who will vote for the bid. However, the they would need at least nine votes in the council, to oblige Washington to veto the bid in order to prevent the vote from going to the General Assembly. Well-informed sources also said that Abbas will fly to Europe this week, and will address a speech at the headquarters of the European Union in Strasbourg, then he would travel to Latin America to visit in Honduras, Columbia and Portugal.

Meanwhile,Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has criticised efforts by the Palestinian President to win the United Nations recognition for the Palestinian State, on the grounds that they did not go far enough. Speaking at a conference in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei said the Palestinian application to the U.N. for a State based on the pre-1967 borders with Israel will amount to accepting Israel's right to exist

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