Indonesia Struggles for Full Palestinian Membership at UN

Jakarta, MINA – Indonesia will take various ways to realize a full Palestinian membership in the United Nations (UN).

Indonesian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir conveyed that this effort was indeed not easy for Indonesia to do.

“But we will continue to strive in various ways,” Fachir said to Anadolu Agency after the 14th MIKTA Foreign Ministry Meeting in Yogyakarta, as Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

Fachir said the steps to realize the Palestinian freedom were very much dependent on support from other countries.

“We will see what other countries will be done,” said Fachir.

However, Fachir stressed that Indonesia was fully committed to liberate Palestine from Israeli occupation.

“We will continue to fight for Palestinian independence,” said Fachir.

Last January, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki said his country would apply for full UN membership even though the United States (US) would veto and deter.

In 2012, the UN General Assembly passed a motion to change the status of Palestinian “entities” to “non-member observer countries” with 138 to 9, and 41 abstentions.

To become a full member of the United Nations, Palestine needs to get approval from the UN Security Council, and then by voting in the UN General Assembly.

However, the US as a permanent member of the UN Security Council is likely to veto the Palestinian.

In 2011, the Palestinians also applied for full membership to the UN, but the Palestinians did not get full support from the UN Security Council. (T/Sj/P2)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)