Abbas May Lose Out in United Nations
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ “Go for broke” strategy in the United Nations may backfire. He is counting on the backing of temporary Security Council member Brazil. which will leave the Security Council January 1 and be replaced by Guatemala, an unlikely supporter.
Abbas needs the support of nine of the 15 members of the Security Council to bring his bid for United Nations membership to the General Assembly or leave the United States in the uncomfortable role of party pooper by carrying out its vow to veto the motion.
Five new temporary members of the Council will be elected January 1, and Brazil will lose its place. Guatemala, which is running unopposed, has consistently backed the Palestinian Authority but “can be persuaded to abstain” by the United States, Jeff Laurenti, a U.N. analyst at Century Foundation, told the Bloomberg news service.
Brazil might be replaced by Azerbaijan, the only Muslim applicant for the Eastern European seat, but it is far from certain of being chosen as a temporary Security Council member.