Palestine formally requests U.N. membership, following through on ultimatum


state of Palestine logoPalestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki said Wednesday he has delivered requests for membership of several U.N. agencies, as part of a move that shook a fragile Middle East peace process.

“I presented the letters signed by (Palestinian president Mahmoud) Abbas this morning to U.N. special envoy Robert Serry, as well as to the representatives of the Netherlands and Switzerland,” said Malki.

The Palestinians have given Washington’s top diplomat John Kerry until Tuesday to resolve a a dispute with Israel over the release of prisoners after he flew in to salvage crisis-hit peace talks.

“If we don’t get an answer from John Kerry on the prisoners tonight, we’ll begin to ask for membership in all UN agencies tomorrow (Tuesday),” independent Palestinian MP Mustafa Barghuti said.

Malki said the Palestinians had begun the “technical process” required to obtain membership of some 15 international conventions and covenants, including the Fourth Geneva Convention.

“This action does not detract from the importance of negotiations. We are still committed to these talks,” he said.

Abbas said Tuesday he had begun steps to join several U.N. agencies and ratify international treaties, angering Israel and prompting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to cancel a trip to Ramallah on Wednesday.

The announcement was a blow to Kerry’s frenetic efforts to resolve a dispute over Palestinian prisoners and find a way to extend the fragile peace talks beyond a looming April 29 deadline.



8 responses to “Palestine formally requests U.N. membership, following through on ultimatum”

  1. cook2half Avatar


  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    The “technical process” applied to the “technical fence” in the “technical society” will be turned down again on a “technicality”.

  3. barabie Avatar

    About time Abbas did something useful

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Giving the rest of the world an ‘Ultimatum’ doesn’t seem the best ploy, however.
      ‘I’m gonna bog you all down in stupid paperwork and dialogues if we don’t get our way.’

  4. god’s speed with that.
    good bye

  5. Constantin7 Avatar

    Good for you, take your dues NOW. You are a state anyways whether the US vetoes your request or not. You have the land and you have the people, you don’t need anyone or anything else.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      That’s right, Constantin … like the ‘Colbert Nation’ … one leader with full pockets and a crowd of wanna-be’s. :-))) It’s all in the mind, isn’t it?? 😉

  6. Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel Avatar
    Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

    Unfortunately, there’s too much bad blood and so forth for a deal. If they do this, Israel will annex some areas. Hopefully it will all go off with a minimum of violence.

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