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A proposal for Palestinian membership in the UN has been vetoed in the Security Council

A proposal for Palestinian membership in the UN has been vetoed in the Security Council

This Thursday, the Security Council rejected the Palestinian Authority's request to become a full member of the UN after a US veto. 12 votes were cast in favor of the proposed resolution.

Switzerland and the United Kingdom did not approve the text of the 193-member UN referendum sent to the General Assembly to decide whether to grant it full member state status.

No veto from the five permanent members

The draft resolution, the shortest in the organization's history, calls for the Security Council to “consider and recommend to the General Assembly the request of the State of Palestine to join the United Nations (S/2011/592) that Palestine be admitted to the United Nations.”

For a draft resolution to pass, the council must gather at least nine votes in favor and no veto from the permanent members: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Palestinian request was submitted to the Secretary-General on 2 April, following a request to accept member state status in 2011.

That year, the Security Council debated the issue, but could not reach a consensus on sending a recommendation to the General Assembly.

Permanent Observer to the UN

Earlier this month, the council sent the latest request to its member state accession committee, which discussed the matter between April 8 and 11.

After being an observer at the General Assembly, the State of Palestine has had permanent observer status at the UN since 2012.

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