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Ashrawi: UN statehood bid no threat to PLO

Aug. 26, 2011 1:51 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 27, 2011 8:29 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi said Thursday that the plan to join the United Nations as a state would not threaten the PLO's rights in the world body.

Ashrawi, a senior PLO member, disputed arguments by international law expert Guy Goodwin-Gill, who has informed the Palestinian team that the initiative could terminate the legal status held by the PLO in the UN.

Ashrawi said that "this step will not eliminate the role of the PLO," and Palestinian refugees have nothing to fear from the bid to join the UN, which is expected to be submitted in September.

Joining the UN as a state would allow Palestine to have full membership in international institutions and representation in judicial forums in addition to the right to vote on UN resolutions, she said.
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