Abbas mulls another UN Security Council bid for Palestinian state

Palestinian chief undaunted by failed bid to win a United Nations Security Council resolution mandating an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank.

By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA
January 2, 2015 22:07
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the UN Headquarters in New York [File]. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Undaunted by its failed bid to win a United Nations Security Council resolution mandating an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority is now considering another push to lobby the world body to grant it independence.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s official spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, announced on Friday that Ramallah is weighing another proposal for a binding Security Council resolution that would call for a Palestinian state along the ’67 lines with east Jerusalem as its capital.

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According to the Wafa news agency, Rudeineh said that “President Mahmoud Abbas instructed Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malaki and Palestine’s ambassadors and representatives in the Organization for Islamic Cooperation and the African Union to appeal to governments who either opposed or abstained in the vote to support an end to occupation.”

“We are continuing to undertake diplomatic actions in order to bring about a successful resolution in the UN Security Council that would end the occupation and bring about a fair and agreed solution to the refugee issue on the basis of UN Resolution 194 and the Arab peace initiative, the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital that would live in peace and security alongside Israel and other countries in the region,” read an official statement from Abbas’ office.

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