The United Nations headquarters.
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The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday denied that it has postponed its effort to seek a UN Security Council resolution calling for an end to construction in the settlements.
The PA said that it was going ahead with its plan to obtain the resolution, but did not say when it would do so.
The PA Foreign Ministry said that the Palestinians were containing their consultations with Arab and “friendly” countries, as well as regional parties, about the proposed resolution.
The ministry denied a report in an Israeli media outlet that claimed that the Palestinians have decided to suspend their bid at the Security Council.
The ministry said that although the Palestinians were taking into consideration the views of various countries that are supportive of the Palestinian cause, the PA is totally convinced that heading to the Security Council is an important step.
The Palestinians are coordinating their efforts with relevant parties, especially France, regarding the Security Council bid, the ministry added. France recently presented an initiative to convene an international conference for peace in the Middle East.
The Palestinians say they want to avoid a situation where the Security Council bid contradicts the French initiative. The US and some Arab countries have reportedly wanted the PA against going to the Security Council.
The PA ministry claimed that Israel was trying to hinder the Palestinian bid at the Security Council. It said that there is a need for the Security Council to issue a resolution calling for an end to settlement construction, “in wake of the Israeli government’s refusal to abide by the signed agreements with the Palestinians.”