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US:Clinton lobbies to delay UN vote on Palestine

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Laaska News  Sept. 27,2011

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is working to persuade UN Security Council members not to rush to a vote on the Palestinian application for full UN membership.

Clinton met leaders of 4 Security Council member nations in New York on Monday, as the Council began informal talks on the Palestinian bid.

The US State Department says Clinton told Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin that an early resumption of direct talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians is desirable.

Clinton asked Holguin to urge both sides to return to the talks, instead of supporting the Palestinian bid at the UN.

Separately, Clinton told China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi that the US believes there should be no quick rush to an immediate judgment on the matter.

The United States has said it would veto the Palestinian bid if it were set to secure the necessary 9 votes within the 15-member Security Council.

But a US veto is likely to trigger strong Arab resentment. Observers say the United States is trying to buy more time before voting takes place and push for the resumption of direct Middle East peace talks.

Laaska News.