- - Tuesday, November 8, 2011

UNITED NATIONS

Report: No consensus on Palestinian bid

There is no consensus among the 15 Security Council nations on the Palestinian application for U.N. membership, diplomats said Tuesday, citing a draft report summing up members’ views.

The four-page report says the council is divided among those who support Palestinian membership, those who can’t support it now and therefore would abstain, and those who believe the application doesn’t meet the criteria for membership and oppose it, according to diplomats.

Portugal’s U.N. Ambassador Jose Filipe Moraes Cabral, the current council president, sent the draft report to all 15 council nations Tuesday, diplomats said on condition of anonymity because the consultations are private.

Council members were given until late Wednesday to propose any changes.

The admissions committee is scheduled to meet Friday, and diplomats said it will likely approve the report and send it to the Security Council.

Diplomats said one of the Palestinian supporters on the council, most likely Lebanon or South Africa, would then have to submit a resolution recommending Palestinian membership to be put to a vote in the council.

THAILAND

Flood-plagued leader cancels trip to summit

BANGKOK — Thailand’s prime minister canceled plans to attend a Pacific trade forum in Hawaii this weekend as she struggled to cope with her country’s worst flooding in a half century.

The flooding began in late July and has killed 527 people, mostly by drowning.

Some provinces north of Bangkok have been inundated for more than a month, although floodwaters there have started to recede in recent days as massive pools of runoff flow south.

The water has made its way into Bangkok, causing distress among the capital’s nearly 10 million inhabitants and heightening criticism of the government’s inefficiency in battling the problem.

“Now it’s time for all Thai people to help each other, so I’ve informed [the forum host] that I would not go,” Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Tuesday.

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