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Interview: Palestinians to embrace new future after UN bid: ambassador

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Laaska News  Sept. 24,2011
by Aliaa Hamdy El Agl
CAIRO, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) — Whether their request to the United Nations for a full membership will be blocked or not, the Palestinians are “waiting for a new future anyway,” said the Palestinian ambassador to the Arab League (AL), Barakat al-Farra during a recent interview with Xinhua.

“I don’t think that the mission will fail, as we will ask for a non-member state (seat) in the UN” if a full membership was refused, Farra said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas formally handed the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon a request Friday for a full UN membership of the independent Palestinian state.

The United States has said it would veto in the UN Security Council to block a resolution backing an independent Palestinian state and threatened to cut the aids to the Palestinians.

However, all those threats won’t affect the stance of the Palestinians, Farra said, “If the U.S. vetoes the bid, we will apply for a non-member observer state in the UN. So I’m sure Palestine is waiting for a new future any way.”

The ambassador said the step of obtaining a UN membership means the Palestinian territories will be recognized as a normal state in the world, and its rights for independence will be recognized too.

Palestinian membership in the UN will give it the chance to be a member in all the international organizations, according to the ambassador.

The main reason to select this time to submit the request to the UN is that the negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel reached a deadlock, Farra said.

The Palestinian people are waiting for the day of declaring a sovereign Palestinian state and I hope to see Palestine as the 194th member at the UN, he said.

Farra called on the international community to give the Palestinians their rights and their statehood. “We thank and appreciate any country who supports the Palestinian cause. The Arab countries are the main supporters and partners in our direction to the UN,” he said.

The ambassador also hailed Turkey as a “friendly country” and expressed gratitude for “its standing with us and hope for its continuous support for our goal.”

Laaska News.