Palestinians present ICC membership request to UN

January 2, 2015 9:01 pm
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– Palestinians weigh options –

Despite the setback at the Security Council, the Palestinians have said they will be looking at other measures at the General Assembly and other UN venues to press for recognition.

“We are studying all of our options and we will be mapping our course accordingly,” envoy Mansour said.

China, France and Russia were among eight countries that backed the resolution on ending the Israeli occupation by the end of 2017, but the result fell short of the nine votes required for adoption.

The United States and Australia voted against and five other countries abstained, among them Nigeria, which had been expected to vote in favor but changed its stance at the last minute.

The Palestinians are considering further action at the Security Council, which started the year with five new countries seen as having a more pro-Palestinian stance, Mansour said.

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