Report: Palestinians reject US request to hold off on Security Council statehood bid

The Palestinian Authority has rebuffed the Obama administration's request to shelve the draft resolution it intends to submit to the UN Security Council calling for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank within three years, according to a report which appeared Friday in the Palestinian daily Al Ayam.
Washington had urged the government of PA President Mahmoud Abbas to wait until the start of 2015 before going to the Security Council. In the interim, the Americans pledged to pursue new avenues in hopes of restarting the abortive peace negotiations with Israel.
During his recent meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of last week's donor conference for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, Abbas informed the Americans that he would follow through on his intention to seek Security Council approval for "an end to the Israeli occupation."
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