On 23 September 2011, the President of the Palestinian Authority applied for full membership of the UN. The Secretary General transmitted this to the Security Council who sought the views of the Admissions Committee under Rule 59 of the Provisional Rules of Procedure of the Security Council.The Committee reverted to the Security Council with its Report (reproduced in full below), which said that given the divergent views of its members, the Committee was unable to make a recommendation on whether Palestine should be admitted as a member State. The Report summarizes the discussions had in the Committee.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected, this week, to apply to the UN Security Council requesting full UN membership of a Palestinian State. Only States can have full membership of the UN, so in essence, his claim for UN membership is also a call for the recognition of Palestine as a State. He will ask for the new Palestinian State to be defined along the 1967 border line – this includes West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. This article discusses the options available to Palestine as it seeks UN membership.