Palestinians: Not enough UN support for state

AP News
Posted: Nov 08, 2011 4:02 PM
Palestinians: Not enough UN support for state

The Palestinian foreign minister admits for the first time there is not enough support in the U.N. Security Council for recognition of a Palestinian state,

This comes as the Security Council receives a report saying there's no consensus among the 15 members. Nine votes would be needed for approval, and any of the five permanent members could cast a veto.

The U.S. and Israel insist that a Palestinian state must result from negotiations.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki told The Associated Press Tuesday, "It is clear now, with the U.S. counter effort and intervention, that we are not going to have these nine votes." They can still apply to the General Assembly.

Palestinians started their drive at the U.N. in September, reflecting exasperation over frozen peace talks with Israel.