Shaath: Arabs withdraw support for UN resolution recognising Palestine

Ahmed Eleiba, Wednesday 19 Jan 2011

Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath believes that fear of irritating America has led some Arab countries to withdraw their support for the draft resolution going before the UN Security Council

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has asked the UN Security Council to convene a meeting to discuss recognition of a Palestinian state, a PA official has revealed.

“All the Security Council members received a draft resolution for recognition of the Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 borders, and we are waiting for the session to be scheduled by the council’s president,” senior Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath told Ahram Online.  

However, Shaath added that he has been informed by the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, that some Arab states do not support the draft resolution. Lavrov refused to name the Arab states in question.

“I was surprised to hear that Arab states gave up on supporting us in the Security Council after all these efforts," said Shaath. "They argue that the timing is not appropriate for such a move.”

Shaath explained that some Arab countries fear that supporting the recognition of Palestine could irk the US Administration, Shaath made it clear, however, that the draft resolution conforms to President Barak Obama's own vision for peace.

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