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Palestine won''t become UN member if US vetoes bid in UNSC - Deiss

UNITED NATIONS, May 27 (KUNA) -- General Assembly President Joseph Deiss on Friday said Palestine will not achieve UN membership, even if it is recognized as a State by the body's two-thirds majority, if the US vetoes the bid in the Security Council.
Asked at a press conference if Palestine can achieve membership in the UN if its bid is rejected in the Security Council by a US veto, Deiss said "no." Asked further if there is any other way to do so, he said "no".
He conceded that the General Assembly has the "final say" about membership after the applicant receives the two-thirds majority. But, he added, the process, according to the UN Charther, has to go through steps, the most important of all being the Security Council.
Step one - The applicant has to address an application to the UN Secretary-General in which it declares that it accepts the provisions of the Charter and the UN obligations.
Step two - The application will then be considered by the Security Council where the applicant has to receive at least nine votes in favour and no veto from any of the permanent members.
Step three - If the Council recommends membership, the Assembly will have to take the final decision.
Deiss recalled that Assembly resolution 181 of 1947 "already provides for the creation of two states - one Arab, one Jewish - at the end of the British mandate in Palestine.
He said he is aware that the Palestinians are working at different levels, including at the bilateral level, to get recognition. It now has 112 recognitions.
US President Barack Obama already hinted last week that the US will not approve Palestine's recognition in the Security Council.
In this regard, Deiss, a former President of Switzerland, said "we cannot blame a member using the rights that has been given by this institution whatever the popularity is. It is up to the Member State to examine what it wants to do in respect to its popularity or not".
"What I can say is: if there is a large number of Member States which recognize the Statehood of Palestine, and resolution 181 said there should be an Arab state ... (these) are elements that you have to take into consideration. It is up to Members States to make this decision and the rules are given (clear)," he insisted.
"My role is to do my utmost to create the necessary conditions that all this can work in the best way," he added. (end) sj.bs KUNA 272132 May 11NNNN