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As Palestine Sets November 29 UN Vote, of Dutch Switch and Position Paper

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, November 12 -- Newly re-elected US president Barack Obama on Sunday issued a readout that to Palestinian Authority President Abbas he'd "reiterated the United States' opposition to unilateral efforts at the United Nations."

  Monday at the UN, Palestinian Observer Riyad Mansour told Inner City Press, the decision's just been made in Cairo, it will be voted on November 29.

  Last week Inner City Press first put online Palestine's draft General Assembly resolution for State Observer status, here.

  Another diplomat on Monday noted to Inner City Press that while the Netherlands had voted against Palestine joining UNESCO, that was under been under former foreign minister Uri Rosenthal, since replaced by Frans Timmermans. A Rosenthal relative, the diplomat continued, is "a Settler." The diplomat said more, in classic UN fashion, we'll leave it there.

  Sweden was another EU member which voted against Palestine joining UNESCO. More than one source on Monday told Inner City Press this led in part to Sweden's defeat for the UN Human Rights Council.

  Another provided the Palestinians' position paper, which Inner City Press is also now putting online, here. It states that "the Palestinian initiative at the United Nations does not contradict, nor is it a substitute for, negotiations. These are parallel paths that complement one another. Enhancing Palestine's status at the United Nations to Observer State will establish the right framework for negotiations." Watch this site.

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