How the Security Council
May Vote on Palestine
The article 27, Section 3, of the Charter of the United
Nations says that the decisions of the Security Council should be made
by an affirmative vote of seven members including the concurring
votes of the permanent members provided that a party to a
dispute shall abstain from voting.
The Security Council consists of 11 members, five of which
are permanent membersthe Big Fiveand each of these five must
vote affirmatively in order that a decision should be reachedwhich
is known as the veto power. Six other members are elected from among other
The United Kingdom is a part of the Palestinian dispute
because it was accused by the Palestine Committee of the United Nations
with obstructing the implementation of the decision of the General Assembly
of Nov. 29; because it bears the entire financial budget of the Arab Legion
and directs its action through the Defense Board established by the treaty
between the United Kingdom and Transjordan in March of this year; because
it supplied arms to the armies of the Arab states which invaded Palestine.
Since the United Kingdom is a party in the dispute only
four out of the Big Five may vote on the Palestine conflict in the Security
Council. Not being entitled to vote the United Kingdom cannot exercise
its veto power.
Also the Syrian delegate in the Security Council has no
right to vote on the Palestine conflict. Like the United Kingdom, Syria
participates in the fighting in Palestine.