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article imageSouth Africa endorses Palestinian UN recognition move

By Andre C James     Sep 20, 2011 in World
South African President, Jacob Zuma, declared his countries support for Palestine’s bid to become a UN member state. South Africa occupies a seat in the UN Security Council.
"We are dealing with a people who don't have rights, and as a follow-up to UN human rights kind of condition and principle, I think they have to be given an opportunity because they have been blocked all the time.
"I think in their position I would do the same so that you move to a particular stage, and we will support that," the SABC quoted the South African president as saying.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared this week that despite threats, he would go ahead and seek a proclamation of statehood from the United Nations Security Council.
Abbas conceded that chances of gaining Security Council approval was slim considering the US right of veto, but Abbas alluded to taking the matter further to the 193-member General Assembly where he claims he has the support of 126 member states. He said he would seek to upgrade Palestine’s status from an “entity” to a “non-member” state at the General Assembly.
In the mean time Israel has been busy lobbying for support from US politicians who subsequently threatened to cut Palestine’s $500 million a year aid package. Israel wants Palestine to come back to negotiating table with the US as mediator but Abbas sees this strategy as futile since it has achieved nothing for the past 20 years.
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