France vote for Palestinian UN membership 'historic': envoy

27th November 2012, Comments 0 comments

France has taken a "historic" move in deciding to back a Palestinian move for UN recognition, the Palestinian envoy to the United Nations said Tuesday.

"It is of a magnitude of a historic level and I am sure that many other European countries will follow the example of France and we thank them in advance for being on the side of history and the side of humanity," Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour told reporters.

"It is a good thing," Mansour added. "We worked hard with France, maybe we did not reach everything that each side wants, this is the nature of negotiations in the multilateral track."

France had previously expressed doubts about the timing of the vote but Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced in Paris earlier Tuesday that his country would back a Palestinian bid for enhanced United Nations status to be made at the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

Mansour compared the French government's decision to France's move last year when they voted in favor of Palestinian membership of UNESCO. It "is something that will always be appreciated by the Palestinian people and their leadership," he said.

© 2012 AFP

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