Daily Israel Report

Abbas Scores Support in Bosnia

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas says he expects Bosnia to support the PA in its bid for statehood at the UN in September.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 8/15/2011, 10:48 PM

Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas
Official PLO Photo

Palestinian Authority Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas expressed satisfaction Monday following meetings with his counterparts in Bosnia.

Abbas told reporters that he expects the Balkan nation to support the PA bid for recognition as a new country at the United Nations next month, and its attempt to win membership in the international body.

“I was very satisfied with two meetings... We expect all the support from [the Bosnian authorities] as they told us and we believe [them],” Abbas said following his talks with Bosnian Foreign Minister Sven Alkalaj.

The PA chairman also met with Croat Zeljko Komsic, Serb Nebojsa Radmanovic and Muslim Bakir Izetbegovic, the three members of Bosnia-Herzegovina's joint presidency.

The country was one of 20 represented in a gathering of ambassadors last week who met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

The prime minister implored those gathered to advocate to their respective governments to vote against the PA statehood bid in September.

None have permanent representatives in Israel, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, currently one of the U.N. Security Council's 10 non-permanent members.

Although its vote is important, a veto by any of the five permanent members of the Council – the U.S., Russia, China, France and Britain – would end the PA's chances for membership in the United Nations. Such would be the case even if a resolution recognizing the entity as a sovereign nation were to pass muster in the U.N. General Assembly.