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Bulgaria will abstain in the vote in the UN General Assembly on the resolution which would upgrade the Palestinian status from observer entity to observer state, Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov said.
About 60 countries are co-sponsoring the resolution that will be introduced on November 29 2012. Palestinian authority president Mahmoud Abbas will address the UN General Assembly just ahead of the vote.
The Palestinians are expected to obtain the required simple majority of the UN’s 193 member states who are present and voting. But they will not have the support of some key countries, including the United States and some Europeans, the Voice of America said.
Mladenov said that Bulgaria’s decision was based on a careful analysis of the draft resolution and the potential implications it would have on the prospects for the resumption of the Middle East peace process. Bulgaria supports the legitimate demands of the Palestinian people for self-determination and was one of the first countries to recognise the State of Palestine in 1988, he said.
“The main reason for our decision is our conviction that the proposed resolution would not improve the situation between Israel and the Palestinians, especially in the context of the delicate situation in the region.”
The adoption of the resolution does not provide sufficient guarantees that there would be a rapid resumption of direct negotiations.
“Our principled position is against unilateral actions by either side. Such acts lead to greater encapsulation and isolation and obstruct the peace process,” Mladenov said.
“We believe that just as the Jewish people have their own state, so the Palestinian people have a right to a state of their own,” he said.
“It is our firm understanding that peace in the region and the establishment of a sovereign and democratic Palestinian state, co-existing in peace and security with Israel, is possible only through the resumption of direct negotiations between the two parties. Such negotiations need to take place with no preconditions and within the framework of international law and UN resolutions.”