In loving memory of Barry Lionel Taylor 11th August 2012 ( benyamin labe ben pinchas 23 av 5772 )
United Nations (CNN) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will submit a letter to the United Nations Security Council Friday requesting formal U.N. recognition of Palestinian statehood, according to a top Palestinian official.
Abbas met Wednesday with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who promised that the request will be taken “very seriously,” Dr. Nabeel Shaath told reporters on hand for the 66th session of the U.N. General Assembly — a session dominated concerns over the intractable Israeli-Palestinian
Ban said it will “not take long” to get Security Council consideration, Shaath said.
Abbas will give “some time” to the Security Council before trying to negotiate statehood via the General Assembly, Shaath said. “We do not think of this as a tactic or as a bluff,” he stressed. “This is really a moment of truth.”
Shaath said that settling for a lesser status at the United Nations — such as becoming a non-state member — is one option under consideration if the push for statehood is ultimately blocked. But the Palestinians do not want “anybody to suspect a lack of seriousness,” he said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. vehemently opposes U.N recognition of a Palestinian state, arguing that such a development would derail an already fragile Middle East peace process.
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