US asks Europe not to back Palestine status at UN: report

The 2011 bid was staunchly opposed by Israel and the US and failed to pass the Security Council.

US asks Europe not to back Palestine status at UN: report

World Bulletin / News Desk

US has asked European governments not to support the PLO's bid to upgrade its status at the UN, The Guardian reported Monday.

In a memo seen by the UK-based newspaper, the US urged European governments "to support [US] efforts" to block the bid, and threatened "significant negative consequences" including financial sanctions if Palestine secured an upgrade to its UN status.

President Mahmoud Abbas told the UN General Assembly on Thursday he would seek "observer state" membership at the world body, a downgrade from the full membership he requested last year. The 2011 bid was staunchly opposed by Israel and the US and failed to pass the Security Council.

Washington holds veto power at the Security Council but not in the 193-member General Assembly, where a vote for "observer state" membership would likely be supported.

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