World Bulletin / News Desk
President Mahmoud Abbas will address the UN General Assembly on Thursday in a speech detailing recent efforts to upgrade Palestine's status in the world body.
Maan news agency reported, PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat, who was accompanying Abbas in New York, said the president would ask the UN to include Palestine as a non-member state.
When it eventually comes up for a vote, "Palestine will get between 150-170 votes," Erekat said. "This Palestinian achievement does not require discussion or questions."
Erekat and others have refused to set a date for the actual request, but aides suggest it could come as early as October but most likely after US presidential elections a month later.
"Palestinians all over the West Bank and Gaza Strip should understand what is going to happen," Erekat said.
"Palestine is entitled to apply for membership, and the next stage will be consultations with geopolitical groups at the United Nations," Erekat said.
"Second, we did not submit out membership application to the General Assembly. What we're doing now is a resolution draft which has diplomatic value."
A year earlier, Abbas had the spotlight at the UN ahead of an ultimately failed bid to seek membership in the UN through the Security Council, which never returned a decision.
This year Abbas says he will ask the General Assembly for a less ambitious upgrade, from "observer entity" to "observer state," but he has not announced when he intends to make a formal request.Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Eylül 2012, 16:47