Palestine seeks UN resolution to end Israel occupation
Fri Oct 17, 2014 2:46AM GMT
The Palestinian government aims to ask the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution requiring Israel’s retreat to the pre-1967 line.
“The political council of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) decided during its meeting last night… to go to the UN Security Council with the aim of getting a resolution passed to end the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories… by the end of this month,” PLO Secretary General Yasser Abed Rabbo told reporters in Ramallah on Thursday.
“If the Americans veto or abort the motion, this would not be the end of the process,” he added.
“We will have another chance to go to the Security Council in January 2015. Do the Americans have a realistic alternative to Israeli intransigence and settlements?
We will continue our political battle and won’t be deterred by Israeli statements.”
Rabbo stated that Palestine has managed to obtain the support of seven members of the Security Council.
According to Security Council rules, a proposed resolution needs nine votes to pass.
The Palestinian resolution would obligate the Israeli regime to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories by November 2016.
On Monday, the British parliament passed a non-binding motion, recognizing Palestine as a state with a majority of the votes.
The Swedish parliament also voted in favor of recognizing the Palestinian state earlier this month, making it the first major EU nation to do so.
On November 29, 2012, the 193-member UN General Assembly voted to upgrade Palestine’s status to non-member observer state.
The observer state status grants Palestinians access to UN agencies and the International Criminal Court (ICC), where they can file formal complaints against the Israeli regime.
Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds (Jerusalem), and the besieged Gaza Strip and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.
Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.
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