Washington undecided about UN path to resolve conflict

By REUTERS
December 15, 2014 01:42
1 minute read.

Israel said it hoped the United States would veto any moves at the United Nations to set a time frame for its withdrawal from territory Palestinians seek for a state, but a senior US official said it was too early to say.

Jordan has circulated a draft Palestinian resolution to the 15-member UN Security Council calling for Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory to end by November 2016, and the Palestinians said on Monday they could submit it in the coming days.

France, Britain and Germany are discussing another proposal, but a senior US official said there was no consensus among them and the United States had not been asked to take a position.

A senior Western diplomat said the Europeans were aiming for a consensus resolution devising a binding, unspecified, time frame and felt the Americans were now open to that possibility. But a senior US State Department official said Washington had not yet decided that a Security Council resolution was the right way to go.

"These things are all very much in flux, it's not as if we're being asked to take a position on any particular Security Council resolution right now. It would be premature for us to discuss documents that are of uncertain status right now."

The American official also indicated Washington did not think the Palestinian draft was acceptable.

"The Palestinian draft through the Jordanians contains a hard deadline for the withdrawal from the West Bank of two years, so that is not the way we would look at handling a very complicated security negotiation by simply mandating a flat deadline of two years," the official said.


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