Palestinian FM arrives in Bosnia to lobby

AP , Friday 28 Oct 2011

Palestinian and Israeli FMs lobby Bosnia, a current Security Council member, over the Palestinian statehood bid

The Palestinian foreign minister arrived in Sarajevo to lobby for the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN Security Council as Israel's foreign minister lobbies against.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki is meeting with Bosnia's three-member Presidency on Friday as Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman went to the Bosnian Serb stronghold of Banja Luka to lobby there.

Bosnia is currently a non-permanent member of the Security Council and its leaders are split over the Palestinian issue. The Muslim Bosniak leader supports the Palestinian bid, the Serb member of the country's three member presidency is pro-Israeli and the Croat member not clearly stating his position.

Each of the three members have to support a decision in order for Bosnia to vote, otherwise it will have to abstain.

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