Wednesday 18 September 2019

Cabinet will not support higher UN status for Palestinian Authority

The Netherlands will not support a request to boost the status of the Palestinian Authority within the UN, foreign minister Frans Timmermans said on Thursday.

The Palestinian Authority wants to be allowed to attend UN general assemblies as a ‘non-member state’, the same status as the Vatican. At the moment it is classed as a ‘non-member entity’.
‘Although there are no legal objections to the change in status, the cabinet considers the net effect would be negative,’ Timmermans said in a statement.
This will not contribute to the peace process, he said.
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