RAMALLAH, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- A senior Palestinian official on Sunday said that the vote on the bid of recognizing Palestinian as a non-member state by the United Nations will be "very soon."
Chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, told Xinhua that the Palestinian delegation in New York began its contacts and consultations with Arab and foreign countries.
"The aim of the contacts and the consultations with all those countries is to gain the largest support for recognizing a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital," said Erekat, adding that "the vote will be very soon."
The move came after the peace process had stalled since October 2010 due to Israeli-Palestinian disputes over settlement.
The United States and Israel oppose the Palestinian bid to the UN for the recognition of a member or non-member state. Instead, they called on the Palestinians to gain statehood through peace negotiations.
Meanwhile, Erekat slammed Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's statements against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in which the minister said Abbas would pay a heavy price of his insistency on gaining the UN recognition.
"Lieberman and people like him believe that Israel can continue its crimes without being watched or criticized, but once Palestine becomes a UN member, the opposite will happen," said Erekat.
RAMALLAH, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinians on Friday considered Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' speech he addressed the UN General Assembly on Thursday a warning to the International Community as peace is stalled, while Israel considered it a provocative one.
In his speech, Abbas announced that the Palestinian efforts to gain a non-member Palestinian state in the UN General Assembly are going on to reinforce the opportunities of achieving peace, adding "We started intensive consultations with the international parties to fain the recognition." Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the UN General Assembly on Thursday that Palestine will continue to obtain full membership at the UN and that it has already begun intensive consultations with regional organizations and member states.
"In order to enhance the chances of peace, we will continue our efforts to obtain full membership for Palestine at the United Nations," he said. Full story