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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-05-11 04:35 PM
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Bosnia stalemate may signify end to Palestine vote
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) Palestinian hopes of rallying the required nine vote majority in a U.N. Security Council vote on Palestinian statehood suffered a major blow Monday with a Bosnian presidential adviser saying the country will be forced to abstain.

Palestinian officials have said they already have eight votes, and had counted heavily on Bosnia to give them the ninth.

The United States has promised to veto the measure in any case. But the Palestinians had hoped to win enough support to trigger the veto, which would have embarrassed the U.S. by forcing it to go against the will of the international community.

Dzenan Selimbegovic, an adviser to the three-member presidency, said Monday that because the trio still disagrees on the issue, there is no official stand and the chance of someone changing his mind is "theoretical."

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iVPcJscvoGRLo1umvf6CXBDYF5Ow?docId=da07cf31ee004e008ef96522ae29ea8d
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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 01:23 AM
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1. I wonder if using the veto would actually embarrass the US at all?
I get the impression the US doesn't really care what the will of the international community is on anything when it's not thinking the same way as the US is...
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azurnoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 01:27 AM
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2. short answer no long answer no it won't n/t
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 04:18 AM
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3. I don't think they will end up using it
I think there won't be enough votes for it to pass - thus allowing the US to avoid the veto.
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azurnoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 12:52 PM
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4. Yes that is pretty much how it has worked out every time
the US has not vetoed a UNSC resolution concerning Israel
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 02:17 PM
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5. That is correct
The US has never vetoed a UNSC resolution concerning Israel under those circumstances.

They have only ever used it if there were not enough votes for it to be blocked without their using a veto.

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