BRUSSELS, Sept 19 (KUNA) -- The Dutch representative to the United Nations
will not support a bid by Palestine to become a fully-fledged UN member this
week, Radio Netherlands reported Monday.
Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal tried unsuccessfully this weekend to
reach Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to try once more to convince him not
to go forward with the bid.
The Netherlands has long been known as Israel's closest ally in Europe.
Under current Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government that relationship has
gotten even closer, said the radio.
It noted that Dutch Foreign Minister Rosenthal's wife is an Israeli citizen
and that his parents were Holocaust survivors. (end)
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