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Palestinian Authority seeks UN membership for State of Palestine

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Ramallah, 3 April 2024 (TDI): Riyad Mansour, the permanent observer of the State of Palestine to the UN highlighted the Palestinian Authority’s plan of seeking full UN membership for the State of Palestine.

He expressed that the Palestinian Authority (PA) wants the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to formally vote in April to allow the PA full membership of the world body.

“The intention is to put the application to a vote in the Security Council this month,” he stated.

The Authority is preparing for an approval or decision regarding the status during the April 18 ministerial meeting on the Middle East.

However, for the final decision, an advanced arrangement for the voting has yet to be made.

Malta has been given the presidency of the Security Council for April. It has indicated that a formal request from the Authority for membership status of the State of Palestine has yet to be received.

Also Read: Palestinian Diplomat hopes UN membership for state of Palestine

Key issues in the formal procedure

The permanent observer highlighted that an application demanding a permanent or full membership status for the State of Palestine was submitted in 2011.

Nevertheless, it is still pending because the 15-member council never took a formal decision on it.

Also, the major hindrance regarding the acceptance of prospective applications is a suspected veto by the United States, a permanent member and a staunch ally of Israel.

Furthermore, the same application later requires another approval from the General Assembly with at least two-thirds of the 193-member states supporting it.

Spain Plans to Recognize the State of Palestine

Parallel to this, the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez during an official trip to the Middle East shared Spain’s plans of officially recognizing the State of Palestine.

On 9th March, the Spanish Premier shared that he would propose the move to the Spanish parliament to finally recognize the Palestinian State as a full member of the United Nations.

Similarly, a joint statement has recently been released by the leaders of Spain, Ireland, Slovenia, and Malta collectively showing solidarity for the said cause.

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