PA denies that some Arab states asked it to delay call for UN resolution

Resolution would call on Israel to pull back to the pre-1967 lines.

October 19, 2014 00:48
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A vote in the United Nations Security Council headquarters in New York. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The Palestinian Authority on Saturday denied that some Arab countries had asked PA President Mahmoud Abbas to delay his intention to seek a UN Security Council calling on Israel to pull back to the pre- 1967 lines.

Nabil Abu Rudaineh, spokesman for the PA Presidency, said that reports about Arab pressure on Abbas were “baseless.”

The reports were in the context of “malicious rumors” being waged against the PA leadership, he said.

“All the Arab brothers support our move at the Security Council and other international organizations,” the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the Fatah Central Committee on Saturday voiced support for Abbas’s plan to go to the Security Council following a meeting of the committee in Ramallah under the chairmanship of the Palestinian president.

The Fatah leaders said they fully supported Abbas’s effort to seek a Security Council resolution that would set a timeline for “ending occupation.” They also urged the Palestinian president to proceed with his effort.

During the meeting, Abbas expressed appreciation for the Arab countries for backing his plan. He particularly thanked Jordan, the only Arab member of the Security Council, for its efforts in support of his plan. He pointed out that besides Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Egypt also supported his plan.

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