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London based Arabic daily Al Hayat
on Friday reported that Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas was meeting with European Union and American officials to
try and come to an agreement that would avoid bringing Palestinian unilateral
statehood before the United Nations General Assembly and Security
Council next week.
According to the report, of the 20 paragraphs in the proposal, four of them had been agreed upon at the time of publication.
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first paragraph calls for a renewal of negotiations with Israel for a
minimum of six months, followed by an end to the Palestinian-Israeli
conflict and the establishment of a Palestinian state based on the 1967
borders, the report said.
The next paragraph, upon which there
is agreement, calls for Israel to stop implementing unilateral actions
regarding settlements, in exchange for Palestinians fulfilling their
on in the proposal is a provision by which the United Nations General
Assembly would invite Abbas to
give a speech in which he declares his commitment to the United Nations'
Further stipulations call on the General Assembly to receive
reports from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund regarding how
officials may effectively govern a Palestinian state once
it is established.
Among the paragraphs that have yet to be agreed upon are references to
a declaration of independence made in 1988, rulings by the International
Criminal Court on the status of the West Bank and the security barrier,
and a confirmation of the right of the Palestinians to
self-determination, the report said.
The Al Hayat
report comes after Quartet envoy Tony Blair presented a proposal
Israel and the Palestinians this week that would immediately keep the
Palestinian Authority from taking a statehood recognition resolution to a
vote at the UN, enabling the sides to continue working with the
international community on a formula that would enable a return to
negotiations.The Jerusalem Post
learned that under this proposal, the Palestinians would deposit their
draft resolution with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who himself
would bring it to the General Assembly by the end of the current session
that runs until December 28 if negotiations are not renewed.
has been at the center of intensive diplomatic efforts in recent days
to keep the Palestinians from going to the UN. One diplomatic official
said the idea behind the proposal, which has been brought to both sides,
was to “buy more time” and come to an agreement on parameters that
could form the basis for negotiations.
Blair has in recent days
been shuttling back and forth between the two sides, but it was not
immediately clear whether either Israel or the Palestinians would accept
His proposal comes even as the Palestinians
announced on Thursday that they will take their statehood recognition
bid to the Security Council, even though US President Barack Obama has
said the US would veto the resolution.
It was also far from
certain that even if the proposal was accepted, that the two sides would be
able to use the additional time to do something they haven’t succeeded
in doing up to this point – agree on parameters for talks.
Nevertheless, according to one diplomatic official, this could insert a
positive dynamic into the stalemated diplomatic process and give Abbas a graceful way to backtrack from the UN move.
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