Palestinian minister: Not enough UN support for statehood
The Palestinian foreign minister admits for the first time there is not enough support in the UN Security Council for recognition of a Palestinian state, Today's Zaman reported.
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 US 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 US counter effort and intervention, that we are not going to have these nine votes." They can still apply to the General Assembly.