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Palestine became the UN observer state

2012-11-30 11:56

The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution recognizing Palestine the observer state, the Interfax reports. 138 out of 193 countries voted for this decision; nine abstained.


Meanwhile, Russia expressed hoped that the adoption by the UN General Assembly of the resolution on raising the status of Palestine in the United Nations would facilitate the resumption of dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis.

President of France Francois Hollande has already expressed approval of the adopted resolution. He also suggested Palestine and Israel to resume negotiations without any preconditions. The Vatican also welcomed the resolution and urged to give "the holy city of Jerusalem a special status" which should provide freedom of worship and access to holy sites.

As reported by the, the issuing of the status of the UN observer state to the Palestine means a partial international recognition of the country. Palestine has not yet become a full member of the UN, but now its citizens are subject to all international treaties and obligations applied to all the UN member states. And Palestinian diplomats will be able to take part in all the discussions in the United Nations.

On the eve, the U.S. senators warned that raising the status of Palestine by the UN could lead to the termination of financial aid from the U.S., as well as the closure of the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington. They expressed concern that the new status of Palestine may enable it to bring a case against Israel at the International Criminal Court.


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