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Germany will not back Palestinian UN bid - govt spokesman

A Palestinian woman holds up a small Palestinian flag as she takes part in a rally in support of the efforts of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas to secure a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations in Gaza City on November 27, 2012. (AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED)

BERLIN: Germany will not back a Palestinian bid for a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations, the government spokesman said.

The United Nations is due to hold a vote on Thursday on an upgrade of Palestinian status at the 193-member body to an observer state from an observer entity.

"We are assessing the situation and want as much agreement as possible with our European partners... But it is certain that Germany will not vote for such a resolution," spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference.

 

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