Palestinians seek to move forward on UN resolution

Palestinian envoys pressed on with changes to a draft UN resolution on statehood Monday and their amended text could be put to a vote at the Security Council this week

AFP| Updated: Dec 29, 2014, 23:45 PM IST

United Nations: Palestinian envoys pressed on with changes to a draft UN resolution on statehood Monday and their amended text could be put to a vote at the Security Council this week

Security Council member Jordan called a meeting of Arab nations to discuss the draft, a Jordanian diplomat told AFP.

"The Palestinians have amendments to the draft resolution and we want to press forward," said the diplomat..

The draft resolution was formally presented to the council less than two weeks ago but the United States said it would not support laying out a time frame for reaching a final peace deal with Israel.

The resolution sets a 12-month deadline to wrap up negotiations on a final settlement and calls for Israel to complete a withdrawal from Palestinian territories by the end of 2017.

The deal would pave the way to the creation of a Palestinian state with Israel sharing Jerusalem as its capital, according to the text.

The Arab Group, meeting from 1630 GMT, will discuss whether to seek a vote at the Security Council this week, possibly as early as Tuesday, Jordanian and Palestinian diplomats said.

The Palestinian push for statehood as part of a final peace deal with Israel comes amid mounting international alarm over the ongoing violence and the failure to re-start negotiations.

Israeli troops shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian boy in the occupied West Bank during a stone-throwing incident Monday near the northern city of Nablus, sources on both sides said.

Several European parliaments have adopted non-binding motions calling for recognition of Palestine and the United Nations has warned of a possible return to war unless peace efforts are revived.

The United States, Israel`s main ally, has said it will not support a UN resolution that sets a deadline for the withdrawal of Israeli security forces.

Washington called for further consultations on a UN resolution and the Palestinians said they were open to negotiations to try to reach a consensus among the 15 council members.