Thursday, December 18, 2014

Palestinians Present UN Draft for Occupied Ter.; Sets End of 2017 Deadline for Israeli Withdrawal

The Palestinian leadership at the United Nations presented a draft resolution for a Security Council vote that sets a deadline of the end of 2017 for Israel's withdrawal from Palestinian occupied territories, the Voice of America News website reports today (December 18, 2014).

However, the Palestinian UN representative, Riyad Mansour, said that he would not press for a quick vote on the resolution, in order to allow for more discussion on the 15-member Security Council.

The Palestinians would need approval of nine of the 15 council members, but any one of the five permanent members -- Britain, France, China, Russia, and the United States -- can veto a resolution.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on December 16 that the U.S. has made "no determination" about any possible UN resolution regarding Palestinian statehood.

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