PA Resolution Demands Withdrawal by 2017

Updated PA resolution to the Security Council sets 12-month deadline for talks, calls for Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria by 2017.

Ben Ariel,

UN Security Council
UN Security Council
Reuters

The Palestinian Authority (PA) is giving Israel another year to withdraw from Judea and Samaria than originally reported, according to the updated text of the draft resolution the PA submitted to the United Nations (UN) on Wednesday.

The text, seen by AFP, calls for Israel to “end the occupation” - that is, to withdraw from Judea and Samaria - by 2017, instead of 2016 in the original text that was published back in October.

The draft resolution would set a 12-month deadline for wrapping up negotiations on a final settlement and the end of 2017 as the time frame for completing an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria.

The resolution calls for a "just, lasting and comprehensive peace solution that brings an end to the Israeli occupation" and "fulfills the vision" of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the shared capital, according to excerpts quoted by AFP.

The final settlement should be reached no later than 12 months after the adoption of the resolution, the text says.

The measure also provides for a phased Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria according to a timeframe "not to exceed the end of 2017", a provision that is likely to run into opposition from the United States.

While the United States has yet to officially announce whether it will veto the resolution at the Security Council, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat in London on Tuesday, where he reportedly promised to veto the resolution.

On Wednesday, Kerry said Washington would not have a problem with the PA’s resolution, but only if it avoids exacerbating tensions in the region.

"We don't have any problem with them filing some resolution, providing it's done in the spirit of working with people to see how we could proceed forward in a thoughtful way that solves the problem, doesn't make it worse," Kerry told reporters, according to AFP.

He acknowledged, however, that he had yet to examine the updated text of the draft resolution.

The PA’s envoy to the UN, Riyad Mansour, told reporters earlier Wednesday there could still be negotiations on the text.

Mansour thanked Arabs and European nations for their help with the draft resolution, which was submitted to the Security Council by Jordan, and indicated he would not press for a quick vote on the text, to allow for more discussion.




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