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For Palestine, Source Tells ICP of 16 EU Yes Votes, UK May Go Yes & Carry 2 More With It

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, November 29, updated -- The morning of the Palestine Observer State vote at the UN, German Ambassador Wittig began by explaining that his country will abstain, as a way to encourage negotiation with Israel.

   Inner City Press is told by well placed European Union sources of 16 EU member "Yes" votes, and that the United Kingdom might vote "Yes," based on Mahmoud Abbas' speech at 3 pm before the vote.

  More intriguingly, an EU source tells Inner City Press that at least two other EU members, "from Eastern Europe," will be watching how the UK votes and will go along with it.

  This contradicts other predictions of two EU "no" votes, the Czech Republic and, other Ambassadors assumed, Italy. Both are said by other EU sources to now be set to abstain.

   Another abstainer now seems to be Australia. This has led to complaints to Inner City Press that Australia implied while it was running for a Security Council seat that it would vote "Yes" to Palestine status upgrading to Observer States -- that switches to "abstain" after it won the seat.

Inner City Press continues to hear that total of "No's" membership wide might be as low as ten, including Israel, Canada, the United States "and its satellites."

As Inner City Press reported yesterday, Sudan's Permanent Representative told it that Sudan as this month's head of the Arab Group at the UN will "propose the project" of Palestine status upgrade in the UN, despite the International Criminal Court indictment against its president.

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 changes in the "Rev 1" are marked in bold.

  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. But listen for Abbas' speech -- and see which two countries follow the UK. Watch this site.

Update of 2:20 pm -- EU source provides update to Inner City Press: Czech Republic will vote No, so only 14 or 15 EU Yes -- Slovenia still on fence...

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