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For Palestine, EU Source Predicts 15 EU Yes, Satellites of US Among 10 No

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, November 27 -- Two days before the UN General Assembly session at which Palestine's application for Observer State status is to be voted on, answers in front of the Security Council Tuesday morning were as expected.

   France and Portugal will vote Yes. The UK thinks the proposal comes at the wrong time, but is engaging on -- that is, negotiating -- on the draft.

  Another European Union source predicts to Inner City Press, after polling, that up to 15 EU members will vote Yes, and that the total of "No's" membership wide might be as low as ten, including Israel, Canada, the United States "and its satellites."

  These predictions seem aggressive, but the source has until now proved golden.

  In the UN's North Lawn building on Monday evening, the Palestinian delegation fielded calls asking about the specifics of its "tabling" of the resolution.

  Yet another EU source opined that Palestine can't yet table resolutions on its own. But Palestine counters that "this is our agenda item."

   Palestine's Mission to the UN on Monday circulated a revised version of the draft resolution. Inner City Press obtained the "Rev 1" and put it online here.

  Back on November 8, Inner City Press similarly obtained and then exclusively put online Palestine's first draft resolution.

   The new draft adds the term "non-member" in the Operative Paragraphs, and moved the recognition of 132 states out of the Operative Paragraphs. It adds the issue of prisoners. This is not what the UK is driving for. Watch this site.

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