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article imagePalestinian state at UN supported by former President Carter

By Lynn Herrmann     Sep 16, 2011 in Politics
Washington - Former US President Jimmy Carter has come out in support of Palestinian statehood at this month’s UN General Assembly because of the Obama administration’s lack of effort in providing a plan for peace in the region.
“As an alternative to a deadlock and a stalemate now, we reluctantly support the Palestinian move for recognition,” Carter said earlier this week, according to the Associated Press.
The former president called a Palestinian statehood recognition a “real step forward,” even if the UN gave it a “non-member state” status.
Carter said his support for statehood would not have been forthcoming had the Obama White House “put forward any sort of comprehensive peace proposal.”
On Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said negotiations are the only way for creation of the Palestinian state and the current border dispute with Israel “will not be resolved if some other route is taken at the United Nations,” the Washington Post reports.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki, speaking to journalists on Thursday, reiterated his government’s position, and said they will seek full member status next week at the UN Security Council. The US government has vowed to veto such a move. Malki said the US position puts it in a “confrontational position,” noting American credibility might become an issue, the Post notes.
In parts of Europe, polls show a majority of people support a Palestinian state. Of those polled in the UK, 59 percent said its government should vote in favor of Palestinian statehood at the UN meeting. France and German had even higher numbers, coming in at 69 percent and 71 percent, respectively.
Bloomberg News calls an independent state of Palestine a “diplomatic disaster,” noting the Palestinians nor the Israelis have leadership wise enough to conduct political risks which will ensure enduring peace.
Former President Carter said Middle East peace will only happen if Israel withdraws “from the occupied territories and that’s something that so far the Israeli government has been unable to do,” Politico reports.
The Palestinian Authority is expected to seek full membership status in a UN Security Council vote on Sept. 19.
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