Palestinian diplomats on Monday released a draft resolution on a bid for UN recognition as the United States again warned that a successful vote this week could cost the Palestinians
dearly in US aid cash.
While the Palestinians are guaranteed of getting a majority in the 193 member UN General Assembly, the resolution is fiercely opposed by the United States and Israel and has also had a cold reaction from key European powers.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is to attend Thursday’s meeting backing the call for “non-member observer state” status.
The draft also calls on the UN Security Council to “consider favorably” the Palestinian request for full membership made one year ago. The United States has blocked that move at the 15-nation council.
Story first published: 27th November 2012