Bosnia stalemate may be blow to Palestine

2011-10-31 20:19

Sarajevo - A presidential adviser says Bosnia will be forced to abstain from any UN vote for Palestinian statehood - dealing a tough blow to Palestinian hopes of rallying the required nine vote majority in a Security Council vote.

Dzenan Selimbegovic, an adviser to the three-member presidency, said on Monday that because the trio still disagree on the issue, there is no official stand and the chance of someone changing his mind is "theoretical".

Palestinian officials have said that they already have eight votes, and had counted heavily on Bosnia to give them the ninth.

The three presidents had to agree in order for Bosnia to vote. So far the Muslim Bosniak leader supports the bid, the Serb member is pro-Israeli and the Croat member has not yet not clearly stated his position.

- AP
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