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Jordon submits draft Palestinian peace proposal in UN

Israel News
19 Dec 2014, 12:47 GMT+10

UNITED NATIONS - A draft proposal on a possible peace deal between Israel and Palestine seeking end to Israeli "occupation" by 2017 has been submitted to the United Nations Security Council, diplomats said Thursday.

The proposal was submitted by Jordan that also indicated that it won't seek a quick vote to allow further talks and a possible bid to secure American support for the document.

The draft calls for a negotiated peace agreement based on parameters such as the 1967 borders, security agreements.

It recommends Jerusalem as the shared capital of the two states.

"Jerusalem as the shared capital of the two States which fulfills the legitimate aspirations of both parties and protects freedom of worship," the text says.

It also "calls upon both parties to abstain from any unilateral and illegal actions, including settlement activities that could undermine the viability of a two-state solution."

Negotiations on the proposal could take days or weeks. Jordan's UN envoy Dina Kawar said she hoped the council could reach a unanimous decision on the resolution.

Palestinian envoy to the United Nations Riyad Mansour said he would not push for a quick vote on the Arab backed proposal.

"We will continue negotiating with all of them and with the Americans if they are ready and willing so that we perhaps can succeed in having something adopted by the Security Council to open a serious door to peace," the envoy said.

"We are willing to work with those who want to work with us for meaningful things."

The United States has not indicated how it would vote on the measure. But Washington has vetoed all previous resolutions with hostilities towards Israel.

Nine votes are needed to adopt a resolution in the council, which would then force the United States, Israel's closest ally, to decide whether to veto it.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday the United States had made "no determinations about language, approaches, specific resolutions, any of that".

But there is a growing support in Europe for an independent Palestinian state.

The European Union parliament on Wednesday passed a motion supporting the recognition of Palestinian statehood "in principle" as well as the two-state solution, joining Britain, Sweden, Ireland, France, and Luxembourg in symbolic votes.

Palestinians seek a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war. Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005 but continues to blockade the enclave, which is controlled by its Hamas Islamist enemy.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas defended the proposal and said any negotiations on it should not take more than a year.

"We submitted a draft to the United Nations Security Council aiming to have a deadline to end the Israeli occupation for the lands of the State of Palestine. We discussed with our brothers and friends during all the steps of arranging that draft," Abbas said in Ramallah.

The draft, he said, "assures the two-state solution which should be on the 1967 borders and Jerusalem as a capital for two states with east Jerusalem as a capital for the state of Palestine."

"We welcome an international conference for negotiations, but the negotiations should not last more than a year (with) an end of the Israeli occupation for the State of Palestine before the end of 2017."

Israel's expectedly described it as a gimmick.

"Certainly this (draft) will not hasten an agreement because without Israel's consent, nothing will change," Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement.

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