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MOSCOW, September 5 (Itar-Tass) —— Moscow does not see any problems with respect to the issue of recognition of the Palestinian state, but "the PNA’s request to the UN for the recognition of its statehood is not an alternative to negotiations with Israel," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Moscow on Monday.
He stressed the idea that was the stance of the Palestinians themselves.
"Only through negotiations will it be possible to create a full-fledged Palestinian state that will live in peace with its neighbors," Lavrov said. "The Palestine’s request addressed to the UN for recognizing its statehood in any case is not an alternative to achieving a compromise agreement between the PNA and Israel,” he said. “This is a principle we shall be guided by at the upcoming UN General Assembly session."
At the same time Lavrov recalled that on the issue of recognition of the Palestinian state Moscow saw no problems.
"Our country did that back last century, and in Moscow Palestine has its extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador," he recalled.
The intention to go to the UN in September to demand full-fledged membership of the organization was declared by a member of Fatah’s Central Committee Nabil Shaath on August 30.
"At UN General Assembly sessions no one has a right of veto, and we see no difficulty here, the more so since 140 countries now support our claim," he said.
However, Shaath added that "the UN General Assembly cannot grant full membership or membership of an observer without the consent of the Security Council, where the U.S. may use its veto."
"There is concern that the United States will take advantage of this right, which may temporarily impede the achievement of our goal," Shaath said. In the event of refusal the Palestinian side has promised to ask the International Tribunal to terminate Israel's membership of the UN.