News ID: 57565
Published: 0152 GMT December 16, 2014

Report: Kerry to press Palestinian negotiator on statehood bid

Report: Kerry to press Palestinian negotiator on statehood bid

According to AFP, US Secretary of State John Kerry will try to persuade Palestinians not to rush ahead with a draft UN resolution to end the Israeli occupation.


The top US diplomat is scheduled to hold talks with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and the secretary general of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi, in London on Tuesday, Press TV reported.

This comes as Palestinians are set to submit a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council Wednesday which calls for the recognition of the Palestinian state and sets a two-year deadline for Israel to end its occupation.

In 2002, the US announced its support for a Palestinian state, opening the way for United Nations Security Council Resolution 1397, supporting a two-state solution.

On Monday, Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the issue in the Italian capital, Rome.

"We will not accept attempts to impose unilateral measures upon us by a set date," the Israeli premier said.

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.

The text is widely expected to be vetoed by the United States, a close ally of Israel, because it sets a two-year timetable for the withdrawal of the Israeli army from the occupied West Bank.

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

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 Gaza Strip.

Resource: Press tv
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