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Report: Arab League chief says UN bid will halt annexation

Nov. 14, 2012 9:45 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 15, 2012 1:17 P.M.)
CAIRO (Ma’an) -- Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said Wednesday that Palestine's UN bid will prevent Israel from using pretexts to annex more lands, official PA media reported.

The bid to upgrade Palestine's status to a non-member state will also allow Palestinians to file complaints at the International Criminal Court, and join more international organizations, al-Arabi told a meeting of the Institute for Palestine Studies.

The United States is exerting pressure to prevent the Palestinian Authority from submitting the bid to the UN General Assembly this month, he said.

He described the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Finland and Norway as supporting the Palestinian bid and said the PLO was trying to convince other countries such as Slovenia, Malta and Cyprus to support it as well. Spain, Italy and Portugal are undecided, added al-Arabi, while France is likely to vote in favor of the bid.

"Palestine deserves more than that, and when recognized as non-member state, that will prevent the pretexts Israel uses to annex more Palestinian lands," he told the meeting. Despite the advantages of the bid, it must be admitted that it will make little change on the ground, al-Arabi added.
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