Friday, 11 November 2011

Germany won't back Palestinian quest for UN membership

The Palestinian bid for membership in the UN stands little chance for success in the Security Council. Along with Washington which has threatened to use its veto power, Berlin also opposes the Palestinian quest.

When the Palestinians filed their application for UNESCO membership in late October, Germany voted against it. They still made it into the UNESCO by a large majority and celebrated their moment of success. But things are a lot more difficult when it comes to the United Nations themselves. The powerful Security Council decides about bids for membership, and the chances for the Palestinians look bleak.
One vote was clear from the beginning: The US - a close ally of Israel - will oppose the application. France and Great Britain will likely abstain, and Russia and China have announced their support. And Germany? It's opposed to the plans as such, but hasn't indicated yet whether it will abstain or vote against them. The German government has said it wants to see the resolution first before making a final decision.
Israel's security as raison d' ĂȘtre

In September, Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian autonomy authority, filed the application for full membership in the UN - ignoring strong warning signals by Israel and the United States. It was Abbas' reaction to a long hiatus of peace talks and continuous construction of new settlements on Palestinian land.
By taking his case to the United Nations Abbas drew global attention to the Palestinians' fate again and strengthened his own position at the same time. Berlin however was puzzled by his move. Israel's security is a central pillar for German foreign policy, so it was no big surprise that Berlin warned of a new escalation of violence in the Middle East.  More Here

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