CAIRO, July 21 (KUNA) -- The Arab League announced Thursday that it is
embarking on preparing a comprehensive bid to the United Nations to recognize
Palestine as an independent state on the border of the fourth of June 1967
including East Jerusalem as its capital.
"Following the failure of the peace process, Palestinians and the Arabs
have no other way than resorting to the UN and freezing absurd negotiations,"
Assistant Secretary General for Palestine Affairs Ambassador Mohamed Subeih
Subeih added that the ministerial meeting of Arab Peace Initiative
Committee held in Doha recently has assigned the Arab League to take over the
recognition bid to the UN.
He noted Arab ambassadors all over the world were commissioned to promote
the bid and study the available options in this regard.
The US has voiced clear opposition to the Palestinian plan and even
threatened to stop channel financial aid to the Palestinian Authority, if it
went ahead with the plan.
UN membership requires a recommendation from the Security Council and
approval by two-thirds of the General Assembly, or 128 countries.
Over 100 countries, including several eastern EU members as well as Brazil,
China, India, Russia and South Africa, endorsed the Palestinian 1988
declaration of independence, but the United States has threatened to veto any
vote for the recognition of Palestinian statehood.(end)
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