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Palestinians release UN resolution amid new US warning

Published on Nov 27, 2012 5:55 AM
In this Friday, Nov 16, 2012 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership at his compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah. -- PHOTO : AP

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Palestinian diplomats on Monday released a draft resolution on a bid for United Nations (UN) recognition as the United States (US) again warned that a successful vote this week could cost the Palestinians dearly in US aid cash.

While the Palestinians are guaranteed of getting a majority in the 193 member UN General Assembly, the resolution is fiercely opposed by the US and Israel and has also had a cold reaction from key European powers.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is to attend Thursday's meeting backing the call for "non-member observer state" status.

The draft also calls on the UN Security Council to "consider favorably" the Palestinian request for full membership made one year ago. The US has blocked that move at the 15-nation council.

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