Security Council to Discuss 'Palestine'
The UN Security Council plans to discuss this month the possibility of Palestine becoming a United Nations member state, Reuters reported.
The report noted that an “open debate” on the Middle East has been scheduled for July 26, according to a provisional calendar for the Security Council for July.
Reuters quoted German Ambassador Peter Wittig, UN Security Council president, as having said: “I think (that) will be an occasion to explore the various options that might exist on the Palestinian side.” His comment came in response to a question about when the issue would be debated.
The report comes as the Quartet of peacekeeping nations – the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations – is set to meet on July 11. The Quartet will discuss during the meeting the planned bid by the Palestinian Authority to obtain recognition at the United Nations as a new independent country.
According to Reuters, Wittig pointed to the Quartet meeting as a possible indicator on the situation of the Palestinian state.
The PA plans to claim all lands restored to Israel in the 1967 Six Day War, including territories in Judea and Samaria, as well as nearly half of Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.
This is an interesting development. We already knew that the General Assembly may take up this issue in September, but the Security Council would be far more potent in any formal declaration of a nation of "Palestine". It will also be interesting to see how the U.S. approaches this meeting.
So first we have the Quartet meeting scheduled for July 11, and then two weeks later the Security Council meets on the same issue.
Things are already picking up momentum as we head towards September and we'll be following these UN meetings very closely.