World Bulletin/News Desk
The Arab League said Thursday that it will lobby for the submission of a new draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a three-year deadline for ending the decades-long Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.
"The Arab League has commissioned Kuwait, Mauritania, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Palestine to hold talks aimed at gathering international support for a new Arab draft resolution entailing a final settlement regarding the Israeli occupation," the pan-Arab body said in a statement.
It also said that it would continue to work towards international recognition of a Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas earlier urged Arab governments to consider returning to the UNSC with a new draft resolution setting a deadline for ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.
Speaking at a meeting of Arab foreign ministers at the Cairo-based Arab League, Abbas proposed the formation of committee tasked with studying the possibility of making a fresh UNSC bid.
Abbas recently said that the PA and Jordan – the latter of which currently enjoys non-permanent UNSC membership – were discussing plans to submit a modified version of an earlier draft resolution that was rejected by the UNSC late last month after failing to win the nine votes needed for it to pass.
In response to the bill's rejection, Abbas applied for Palestinian membership in 20 international treaties and organizations, including the International Criminal Court (ICC), which would theoretically allow the PA to sue Israel for war crimes.
In retaliation, the Israeli government blocked the transfer of approximately $125 million in tax revenues collected on behalf of Ramallah-based authority.
Four out of five new UNSC member states whose membership round began in 2015 have previously taken pro-Palestinian stances – including Venezuela, Spain, Malaysia and Angola.
New Zealand has also replaced Australia, which had voted against the Arab-backed draft resolution.
The failed draft resolution had stated a 2017 deadline for Israel's withdrawal from the West Bank and the establishment of a Palestinian state on territories occupied by Israel during the 1967 Middle East War, with East Jerusalem as its capital.Last Mod: 16 Ocak 2015, 12:04