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Ebrahimi on US opposition to creation of independent Palestinian state:

Formation of Independent Palestinian State Will Make Sense with Elimination of Zionist Regime

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TEHRAN, Sept 14 (ICANA) – A top Iranian lawmaker says the wave of the Islamic awakening in the region had prompted the United Nations Organization to support the idea of forming an independent Palestinian state.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 9:28:07 PM
Formation of Independent Palestinian State Will Make Sense with Elimination of Zionist Regime

Speaking to ICANA here Wednesday, member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian parliament, Hossein Ebrahimi added that the United Nations was trying to save its lost face and credit by recognizing an independent Palestinian state.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has announced his support for an independent and sovereign state of Palestine, emphasizing that a Palestinian state is “long overdue.”

“But…the recognition of a state is something to be determined by the member states,” Ban said on Friday. “It is not [determined] by the secretary general so I leave it to the member states to decide to recognize or not to recognize,” he added.

Commenting on the UN chief's remarks, the Iranian lawmaker said: "Under conditions that the revolutionary people of Egypt destroy the concrete wall around the embassy of the Zionist regime and force its ambassador to flee the Occupied Palestine, it is just natural to hear such statements from international circles."

He said experience has shown that the US would not let the UN take an independent decision as was the case with Iraq and Afghanistan which were attacked by the US despite strong opposition by the United Nations. However, he said the fate of the Zionist regime of Israel would be similar to the fate of its embassy in Cairo.

Referring to the UN condemnation of the Zionist regime through many resolutions, the MP said the international organizations have never been committed to ensure implementation of their decisions and resolutions against Israel and this has caused them to lose credit.

On an announcement by Washington on Thursday that it will veto a bid for UN recognition of a Palestinian state if it comes to a vote before the UN Security Council, Ebrahimi said the US would do anything to keep the Zionist regime in power in the region.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said US opposition to an independent Palestinian state "should not come as a shock."

"So yes, if something comes to a vote in the UN Security Council, the US will veto," she said.

In Ramallah, the Palestinian leadership confirmed on Thursday that it intends to make a formal request that the United Nations accept the state of Palestine as a member.

Scores of Palestinians had on Thursday gathered in front of the UN building in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where they handed a letter addressed to Ban, urging him to add his “moral voice of support of the Palestinian people.”

The activists also said that they would stage continuous peaceful gatherings ahead of the UN General Assembly's annual meeting on September 20.

Meanwhile, the US special envoy to the Middle East traveled to Ramallah last week to try to convince the PA to ditch its efforts for the statehood recognition.

Palestinians say a future Palestinian state would include the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East al-Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital. PA says it believes more than 130 countries would recognize the state of Palestine based on the pre-1967 borders.

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