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PA to rethink ties with countries opposing UN bid

Nov. 29, 2012 2:04 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 30, 2012 5:43 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Authority foreign ministry said Thursday it would re-evaluate ties with countries that oppose Palestine's bid to upgrade its status at the UN.

A ministry statement said the Palestinians hoped foreign countries would not only vote to upgrade Palestine's status but also pressure Israel to abide by the terms of the peace process.

The ministry thanked countries that have already indicated they will support the bid when it comes up for a vote at the General Assembly later Thursday.

With overwhelming support from the developing world, Palestine appears certain to earn approval in the 193-member UN General Assembly for a status upgrade to "observer state" on Thursday.

But some countries -- including Israel and the United States -- oppose the bid and have threatened sanctions against the Palestinian Authority if the vote goes as planned.

Germany said Thursday it would abstain from voting.
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