Nabil Shaath, the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s envoy, stated on Friday in Bucharest that from the talks he had with Romanian officials he did not manage to find out what Romania’s position on recognizing Palestine at the UN is, but expressed his belief that the vote will not be negative, Mediafax writes.
“I came here in order to convince the Romanian government to vote for us, to support our right to be a fully-fledged UN member. Romania is not a member of the UNSC but it is member of the UNGA and we will go both at the Security Council and the General Assembly,” Shaath said.
He stated that given the fact that Romania recognized Palestine’s independence in 1988 and has an embassy there, it is expected that Bucharest will vote in favor of recognizing the Palestinian state. “But there are a lot of pressures, I understand, and there is also Romania’s need to be consistent with Europe’s position, which I can understand. That is why until now I haven’t obtained a final position on how Romania will vote at the UN. Nevertheless, I’m sure Romania won’t vote against us. The question is whether it will vote in favour or whether it will abstain,” Shaath said. Shaath met Patriarch Daniel on Friday, inviting him to visit Jericho but also the rest of the Palestinian territories. Patriarch Daniel expressed his hope that the factors with responsibility in the region will identify practical solutions for implementing durable peace in the Middle East.