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Arabs to present draft on Palestinian state to U.N. Security Council

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 01:26

Arab League foreign ministers endorse a draft resolution for the creation of a Palestinian state, saying it will be formally presented to the U.N. Security Council within days. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo Saturday say they've agreed to push the United Nations Security Council for Palestinian statehood. Palestinians want statehood in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and blockaded Gaza Strip - lands captured by Israel in a 1967 war. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Israel has left his people no other option but to turn directly to the international community. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT, MAHMOUD ABBAS, SAYING: "Honorable delegates, we made several decisions that included firstly, heading to the U.N. Security Council to present an Arab draft resolution that includes securing a Palestinian state -- with the capital being East Jerusalem on the border of the June 6, 1967 border -- and placing a time frame for the execution of this." Arab League chief Nabil al-Araby says Jordan -- an Arab member of the U.N. Security Council -- will formally present the draft for a vote within days. BUT it is unlikely to gain the support of at least one council member -- the U.S. -- ...a key ally of Israel, which also holds veto power. On Tuesday, France's parliament will hold a symbolic vote on whether it should recognize Palestine as a state, after similar moves in Sweden, Britain, Ireland and Spain.

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Arabs to present draft on Palestinian state to U.N. Security Council

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 01:26