RAMALLAH – The State of Palestine will present in January a request to accede to the status of Member State of the United Nations (UN) where it is an observer member, announced Wednesday the Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ryadh Al-Maliki.
The request will be submitted to the UN Security Council by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, during his visit in mid-January in New York, during which Palestine will be given the presidency of the group of "77 + China, "Al-Maliki said in a statement to the Palestinian media.
Regarding the Israeli occupier's plan to build thousands of new settlements, Al-Maliki said that Palestine "will address the UN Security Council to implement its resolution 2334 condemning colonization. "
Palestinian authorities will also demand the opening of an official investigation into colonization by the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Palestinian minister said, adding that in case of failure, the request will be returned to the United Nations General Assembly, in accordance with the "United for Peace" clause.
Mr. Al-Maliki further stated that the planned visit to Brazil by an Arab delegation to persuade that country to reconsider its decision to transfer its embassy to occupied El-Quds had not taken place for reasons "technical".
"The Palestinian Authority is ready to adhere to any effort to establish a real peace, in accordance with international law," he concluded.