The Palestinians have received what appears to be a setback in their quest for Statehood at the United Nations.
Currentltly, the Palestinians have what is called 'Permanent Observer' status.
Officials of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), headed by Palestinian President Mohmoud Abbas submitted their application for upgrade a few weeks ago and ever since have been fighting an uphill battle to convince, in particular, the members of the UN Security Council who have the authority to authorize statehood.
The setback comes as unconfirmed reports circulate that Britain, France and Colombia will abstain in the vote on Palestinian membership to be discussed next week.
The Palestinians have been trying to win support of European countries to obtain a moral victory against America who has said they will use their veto in the vote.
It is also said that Germany will oppose the Palestinian bid as well.
All four countries support Palestinian statehood in principle, but have taken the Israeli position that this action is unilateral by the Palestinians and therefore unhelpful to the peace talks that are supposed to be revived to settle the longstanding conflict between the parties.
Right now that application is before a committee studying the merits. Next week we may well see a formal discussion at the Security Council.
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Middle East Correspondent