Palestinian Authority ready to run a State: UN official

Lynn Pascoe

The Palestinian Authority is capable of running a State, according to the head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, Lynn Pascoe.

Mr. Pascoe, briefed the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East on Tuesday.

The Council is due to meet on Wednesday to consider an application submitted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for Palestine's full membership of the United Nations.

Mr. Pascoe said there is what he calls a "strong international consensus" on the capability of the Palestinian Authority to run a State.

"The Palestinian Authority is capable of running a State. The efforts to build robust state institutions and revive the Palestinian economy have brought real security and economic improvements. We commend President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad on this achievement. The Palestinian Authority has achieved what it set out to do two years ago, and this must be noted, preserved, and built upon."

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Mr. Pascoe said the main obstacles to a Palestinian State are not institutional, but political.

He identified them as the unresolved issues in the conflict between the Israeli and Palestinian parties, the continuing Israeli occupation, and the ongoing Palestinian divide.

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