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Palestinians Plan to Bring Statehood to U.N. Despite Procedural Roadblock

Palestinian leadership will continue with plans to bring its declaration of statehood to the United Nations despite the procedural roadblock that makes success remote. On Friday, the Swiss president of the General Assembly clarified that the U.N. Charter requires that the General Assembly vote on a nation’s statehood only upon recommendation of the Security Council. President Obama, however, has made clear that the U.S. will veto any such resolution. But according to reports from Ramallah, the decision has been made to proceed regardless, and the necessary documentation will be filed in New York by the middle of July so that it can be considered when the new U.N. session begins in September. Some believe that the Palestinians are hoping that international pressure on Washington will mount and the president will order an abstention rather than veto in the Security Council resolution.