Palestine Launches Bid for Full UN Membership

Palestine will launch a bid to become a full member of the United Nations, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said. The bid will go ahead despite the United States having said it will veto Palestine’s membership plans. The Palestinians presented a request for UN membership in 2011, but the application never came before the UNSC for a vote. Following that attempt, Palestine’s status was upgraded from a non-member observer entity to a non-member observer state, which allows the country to be a signatory to treaties for which the UN secretary-general is the depository. Since then, the country has joined more than 50 international organisations and agreements, according to the Palestinian foreign ministry.
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