Brazil backs Palestinian UN bid

PressTV – Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:55PM GMT
Marco Aurelio Garcia, international affairs advisor of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff
The Brazilian government has reiterated its support for the recognition of a Palestinian state at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly session beginning this week, Press TV reports .

Marco Aurelio Garcia, international affairs advisor to Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff made remarks during an interview with the Brazilian daily O’Globo during an interview on Monday.

“During her opening speech of the round of the UN debates, President Rousseff will ratify Brazil’s recognition of the Palestinian state made in December 2010 by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a letter to acting Palestinian Authority (PA) Chief Mahmoud Abbas,” said Garcia.

President Rouseff will become the first woman to open the round of speeches at the 66th General Assembly meeting on Wednesday.

She is also scheduled to hold a private meeting with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Abbas, who arrived in New York on Monday, is expected to submit the Palestinian request for membership to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon after addressing the General Assembly on Friday.

The United States and Israel have strongly opposed the bid. Washington has already said it would veto any such bid in the UN Security Council (UNSC).

However, if the effort is blocked at the UNSC, the Palestinians say they will turn to the General Assembly, where they are expected to easily win admission.

More than 100 countries have so far officially recognized Palestine as a sovereign state based on the 1967 borders.

Palestinians say their decision comes in frustration after years of failed negotiations with Israel.

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