Europeans feel diplomatic heat over Palestine

Author (Person) ,
Series Title
Series Details 22.9.11
Publication Date 22/09/2011
Content Type

Article reports that as President Mahmoud Abbas pressed his argument for Palestinian statehood at the UN in September 2011, many western states were feeling the diplomatic heat. But none more so than the four European governments on the UN Security Council; France, Germany, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

The US had already made clear it would veto a move by the Security Council to give the Palestinians statehood. Several other states – including Russia, China, Lebanon, Brazil, South Africa and India – were all likely to vote in favour.

The four Europeans, however, were caught in the middle. As one European diplomat put it: 'They are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. If they back the US, they will upset relations with the Arab world that they have worked hard to develop. If they vote with the Palestinians, they will add one more burden to an already troubled transatlantic relationship'.

Related Links
ESO: Background Information: Ashton leads Middle East shuttle diplomacy
France24, 21.9.11: Sarkozy proposes one-year deadline for peace deal
BBC News, 21.9.11: UK dilemma over Palestinian UN bid
EU: EEAS: The EU and the Middle East Peace Process
Deutsche Welle, 27.9.11: Germany opposes Palestinian independence bid at UN,,15417790,00.html

Countries / Regions ,