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Chances UN SC may adopt resolution for establishing Palestinian state slim — Churkin

October 13, 2014, 11:26 UTC+3

Russia will support such a draft, but it may be vetoed by the United States, Russia’s ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin says

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MOSCOW, October 13. /TASS/. The chances the UN Security Council will adopt a resolution on the creation of a Palestinian state are few, for it may be vetoed by the United States, Russia’s ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin told the media on Monday.

“If the draft is put to the vote, we shall support it,” the diplomat said. “There was an intention to hold the voting on October 21. But this is an issue of major political importance. The Palestinians have not made up their mind yet whether it should be put to the vote at all and when. October 21 was mentioned as a likely date.”

The Russian envoy recalled that another open debate on the Middle East was due in the UN Security Council on the same day.

“Such debates are held regularly. This time certain specifics will be present, though, because Argentina’s president will chair the meeting. Possibly, a number of foreign ministers will take part in the event. It looks like a very suitable moment for putting such an important resolution to the vote,” Churkin said. “But it is anyone’s guess if they will decide to hold the voting. Therefore the chances of its adoption are very slim.”

“Such a resolution will most likely be vetoed by the United States,” Russia's ambassador to the UN said.

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