Palestine wins non-member statehood status after UN Vote

Prelude:

U.S. Scrambles to Avert Palestinian Vote at U.N.

U.S. Campaigns to Avoid Vote on Palestinian Statehood, Report Says

The Vote:

open quoteThe United Nations General Assembly has voted in favour of upgrading the Palestinians status to that of a non-member observer state.

The vote was taken at a meeting of the body in New York, with 138 countries voting in favour of the upgrade. Nine countries voted against it, and 41 others abstained.close quote (Read more)

Reaction:

open quoteShortly after the vote, the United States Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice said this resolution was “unfortunate and counterproductive.”

“Progress toward a lasting peace cannot be made by pressing a green button,” Rice said.

She also made clear that the resolution “does not establish a Palestinian state.”close quote (Read more)

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