UNSC to vote on Palestinian statehood bid by Monday: Erekat

A protester places a Palestinian flag at the Israeli barrier fence in the West Bank village of Rafat near Ramallah. (File photo)

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says the UN Security Council will vote on a draft resolution calling for the recognition of the Palestinian state by Monday.

Erekat told reporters on Friday that some revisions were made to the Jordanian-drafted text before sending it to the Security Council. He did not reveal the details of the amendments.

The draft resolution, approved by the Arab League in September, sets 2016 as the date for a full Israeli withdrawal from the Palestinian territories.

The text is also expected to lay out a timeframe for negotiations on a final peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.

In the past few months, the Palestinian national unity government has been pushing for a UN resolution that determines the borders of a future Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 lines. Israel has expressed anger over the motion.

In 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem al-Quds and the Gaza Strip but withdrew from the enclave and lay a siege on it in 2005.

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem al-Quds, and the besieged Gaza Strip, and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.

In November 2012, the United Nations General Assembly voted to upgrade Palestine’s status at the UN from “non-member observer entity” to “non-member observer state” despite strong opposition from Israel and the US.

The upgrade allows the Palestinians to participate in debates at the UN General Assembly and improve their chances of joining UN agencies and the International Criminal Court where they could file complaints against Israel.

By Press TV


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