Support Mounting for Upgraded UN Status for Palestinians

Posted November 28th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Several more European countries say they are backing a Palestinian Authority bid to secure a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations.

Spain, Denmark and Switzerland announced their intentions Wednesday to vote in favor of the motion. France announced its support Tuesday. Russia and China have also indicated they will support the Palestinian request.

If granted, the move would likely assure the Palestinian Authority access to key U.N. agencies, like the International Criminal Court.

Several other countries, including the United States and Germany say they will not support the Palestinian bid. Israel also opposes any unilateral Palestinian actions for statehood.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague told lawmakers Britain would consider embracing the request, but only if the Palestinian Authority could give him some key assurances – including pledges to return to negotiations with Israel and to not pursue its grievances with Israel in international courts.

Australia has said it will abstain.

The Palestinian Authority is virtually assured of winning non-member-state status when the measure goes for a vote in the U.N. General Assembly, likely on Thursday. Two-thirds of U.N. member states have already recognized Palestine as a state.