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On Palestine at UNSC "No Nine Votes" So Delay Predicted, Quartet As Pretext

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 26 -- In the run up to the UN Security Council's Monday afternoon meeting on Palestine's application for UN membership, Inner City Press asked Council diplomats what they expected to happen.

"I don't think they have nine votes," one well placed Council source said. "So the Arabs may want to delay it." This source said that the Quartet statement of Friday afternoon made it easier for those not wanting to vote "yes" -- he listed Nigeria, Gabon and Bosnia -- to explain their changed position.

Another source said given a lack of nine votes, ironically the US might want to call for a vote now, and not have to use a veto. But that would be difficult.

While it was argued last week that since nine Council members have in the past recognized Palestine there should be nine votes now for membership, Bosnia for example can be hamstrung by the position of the Republica Srbska third of its triumvirate government.

Abbas gets ready to rock the House, Sept 23, 9 votes not shown

Bosnia's Permanent Representative Ivan Barbalic told Inner City Press "the Presidency" is considering how to vote, and that it was difficult to say anything on Monday morning. Nigeria, too, is not considered a sure yes vote.

Germany's Deputy Permanent Representative Miguel Berger told Inner City Press the obvious, that things will not move as fast as they did for South Sudan: a three day rocket docket. It will be procedure, to decide how to proceed, he said. Watch this site.

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Hurry Up and Wait at UN on Palestine Application, Ashton Wants Talks

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 23 -- Palestinian Friday at the UN turned out to be as dramatic, or more, than Mahmoud Abbas had predicted.

  Abbas turned in Palestine's application for statement to Ban Ki-moon, who passed it on to the Lebanese President of the Security Council.  (Inner City Press is putting it online, here.)

  Then the Middle East Quartet convened a 2:30 meeting at the UN, with convoys of black vehicles screeching up to the UN as the UN's top security official ran outside, following a dust-up between Security and Turkey inside the UN.

  Following the Quartet's meeting and statement, the EU's Catherine Ashton came to speak and to take questions. Inner City Press asked her if the EU members on the Security Council will all vote the same way on Palestine's application. Ashton said that is not her focus, she is concentrated on negotiations between the parties that could lead to peace for the two peoples.

Lady Ashton Sept 23, won't say how EU members of SC'll vote

Just as Ashton was finishing it was announced that Nawaf Salam, President of the Security Council for September, would speak at the Council stakeout at 3:30. He did not take any question, but announced that there will be Council consultations on Palestine's application Monday at 3 pm.

Inner City Press asked a member of the Lebanese delegation about Benyamin Netanyahu's statement that the Security Council this month is led "by Hezbollah." After a pause, the representative said, "He can say what he wants."

Back in the North Lawn building, after Tony Blair took to the microphone, Hillary Clinton followed but did not take any questions. Will the UN "have" to veto? That is a question. Watch this site.

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