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Posted on on October 3rd, 2011
by Pincas Jawetz (

Joy Uche Angela Ogwu was appointed Foreign Minister by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on August 30, 2006 and she is   the Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations since April 2008 when it became evident that Nigeria will join the UN Security Council.

Joy Ogwu was the President of the UN Security Council in July 2010 and again right now – for October 2011.

We bring this up as it seems quite probable that if the Palestinian issue will be brought before the UN Security Council this month – it is a good guess that Nigeria , as President of the UNSC, will abstain and decrease by this tremendously the chance of the Palestinians to attain the minimum of 9 votes, and avoid the need for a veto by the US and possibly France.

In the meantime – what is known, is that this coming Friday the first meeting of the Committee at the Experts’ level of the UNSC will take up the issue and the full UNSC will be then updated after two weeks hence. This brings the possibility for a first vote by the full Security Council to October 21st – the earliest.  As such the Nigerian position could not simply lean on principles if the vote is pushed over to November.

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