On July 14th, 2011 the South Sudanese went out in the streets to celebrate the deliverance from “the authoritarian grip of the State of Northern Sudan”. Sudan was divided into two states and the United States of America blessed the independence of the Southern State which was recognised by the United Nations as member country number 193. All countries welcomed the new state wishing it peace with prosperity. With the renewed hostilities between North and South Sudan recently, the possibility of peace and prosperity seems to be elusive!
On September 23, 2011, the Palestinian Authority (PA) went to the United Nations requesting full recognition of Palestine as a member state with the borders of June 1967 war, a move that meant going through the Security Council where the American Veto was expected to derail the Palestinian bid for independence. The other option was to go to the General Assembly to attain recognition as “a non-member state” like the Vatican which could have been accomplished very easily in view of the support of the Palestinian cause by a large number of UN member states.