The Straits Times
Published on Nov 30, 2012

Palestinians win votes from UN for state recognition


UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to recognise Palestine as a non-member state, handing a major triumph to president Mahmud Abbas in the face of fierce United States (US) and Israeli opposition.

Mr Abbas demanded the UN give a “birth certificate” to a Palestinian state and was rewarded with the backing of 138 countries.

Only nine members heeded Israeli warnings that the move could lead to more violence and voted against. Forty-one abstained.

The vote lifts the status of the Palestinian Authority from an observer entity to a “non-member observer state” with the same status as the Vatican.