Palestinians determined to get UN seat

2011-12-16 19:00

Reykjavik - A top representative says the Palestinians won't stop pressing the UN Security Council until it accepts their bid for full UN membership.

Speaking in Iceland on Thursday, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said if the Palestinians are rejected in their current bid for statehood, they will just keep trying.

"A fourth time, we might lose, and a fifth time we might lose, and we'll go again until we reach a point when we will win," Malki said.

The US has threatened to veto the Palestinian bid, saying a negotiated settlement with Israel should come first.

In November, Iceland became the first Western European country to recognise Palestine as an independent state. Malki was slated for more talks in Iceland on Friday.

  • AquaticApe - 2011-12-16 20:52

    The 'Palestinians' have a state; it's called Jordan!

      Ask - 2011-12-17 12:39

      @ Ape: 'Israel' have a state; it's called, US

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