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'Palestine eligible for UN membership'
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Palestine already meets the required criteria for being a member state of the United Nations, human rights and international lawyer Paul Wolf says.

“Basically, the criteria for being a state are to have a stable population, to have defined territory, to have a government and have the ability to conduct foreign relations,” Wolf said on Tuesday.

“I think anyone looking at Palestine would say they meet that definition already,” he noted in an interview with Press TV.

Wolf argued that as Palestinians “get more other countries accepting them and entering into treaties with Palestine," the UN membership will come with time.

Moreover, he predicted that such an event would occur soon given that Palestine enjoys ongoing UN support.

“It really will not take much. Every year, the UN passes resolutions. They just did it again about a week ago supporting the Palestinian people in various ways,” he pointed out.

In the past week, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay have all sent letters to Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas, declaring that they recognize a free and independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.

In response, the Israeli regime has said that the move is against the spirit of the Middle East talks.

Due to renewed settlement expansions by the Israelis, the Palestinian Authority broke off the recently resumed direct talks, stipulating that Israel would have to halt construction and expansion of Jewish settler units for the talks to resume.

However, Tel Aviv has refused to recant its recent decision to build 238 new Jewish settler units in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and is also forging ahead with the construction of new units in settlements in other parts of the occupied territories.

The Palestinians say that the settlement activities are being carried out to prevent the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

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