some brief summaries of media comments concerning the UNGA and PA bid:
STØRE DON’T BELIEVE ABBAS WILL BE SCARED Aftenbladet 2011 09 22
This is a long, but surprisingly balanced, article on the ongoing talks in the UN General Assembly, and the surrounding diplomacy.
The article points out the obstacles in the way of President Abbas statehood initiatives, with a US veto, and Barack Obama’s clear statements of support over Israeli security demands.
Alain Juppe is quoted as stating any vote in the UN general Assembly on Palestinian statehood is “weeks” away.
European diplomats are quoted as stating they are working to avoid “confrontation” in the UNSC, even Støre is mentioned as being “hesitating” concerning Palestinian’s strategy on this issue.
French President Nicholas Sarkozy fear consequences of US veto against the Palestinians UN membership appeal. Speaking to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Sarkozy stated the Palestinians should be granted observer’s status in the UN, but not be formally given membership as a state.
At the same time, he expressed concerns over the reception of a US veto in the UNSC.
“Who can doubt the risk of a UNSC veto leading to spiral of violence in the Middle East”. Sarkozy said.
The French President appealed to the Israelis and Palestinians to find a roadmap for peace with a final ending in one year. Negotiations within one month, a border accord and security within six months, a final accord after one year”, was Sarkozy’s proposal.
Aftenposten 2011 09 22, Vibeke Buan
Article on Obama’s speech to the UN General Assembly, focusing on his statements on the Middle East.
NRK Verden 2011 09 22, Sidsel Wold
Sidsel Wold has an article; remarkably objective taken her general biases into account, on the ongoing process in the UN.
She makes along list over former failed peace initiatives.
She claims Abbas has been subjected to pressure by USA and Israel time and time again, thus losing credibility with the Palestinians. She refers to the Palestinians having the opinion the UN and the British (!) have a special responsibility over creating regional peace, referring to the Balfour declaration.
She is realistic enough to point out the US will veto membership in the UN, however, a limited membership will give the Palestinians the opportunity to go to the ICC, in order to humiliate the Israelis.
She also states Netanyahu has made Israel ever more isolated in the region.
The Foreigner 2011 09 22, Lyndsey Smith
Whilst saying Palestinians have a right to approach the UNSC, he said to NRK following their meeting that, “You should be reasonably sure of the outcome before doing this as the Security Council finalises work on something that has been prepared in advance.”
Other European countries and the United States are against the bid due to the lack of peace negotiations with Israel.
The US has tried to get Palestine and Israel back to negotiations, but Abbas has stated that he has lost faith in the negotiations.
It is expected the US will Veto the endeavour. This will not be needed if 9 of the 15 UNSC countries vote no, however.
Whilst Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is convinced that the Security Council will say no to the Palestinian bid, FM Støre fears Abbas’ decision is ill advised.
Norway has already indicated it would support a separate Palestinian state, albeit with conditions, and the Foreign Minister strongly advocates the Palestinian people approach the General Assembly instead.
“My main message has been to warn against this [going to the UNSC], as they know the result will be a no, either due to a US veto, or lack of majority for Palestinian membership. I believe this could then turn friends into enemies. The Palestinians don’t need these,” he told Aftenposten, Monday.
NTB reports Palestinian chief negotiator Nabil Shaath told the Press on behalf of President Abbas that, “He will try the Security Council first for political reasons. All other options are open after that.”