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Palestinian resolution fails to obtain minimum votes in UN Security Council
Wednesday December 31, 2014 11:17 AM, Agencies

The UN Security Council Tuesday failed to adopt a Palestinian-drafted resolution urging the end of "Israeli occupation" by the end of 2017.


The motion, which was submitted Monday by Jordan after it had been agreed upon by Arab states, failed to obtain the minimum nine votes from the 15-member council, with the U.S. and Australia voting against.

"We had hoped the Security Council would adopt this draft resolution, because the Council bears both the legal and moral responsibility to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is the crux of the conflict in the Middle East," said Jordan's UN envoy Dina Kawar.

The U.K., Nigeria, Rwanda, South Korea and Lithuania abstained from voting, while Jordan, France, Russia, China, Argentina, Chad, Chile and Luxembourg voted in favor.

The draft resolution "affirms the urgent need to attain, no later than 12 months after the adoption of this resolution, a just, lasting and comprehensive peaceful solution that brings an end to the Israeli occupation since 1967."

The draft resolution also advocated the vision of two independent, democratic and prosperous states, Israel and a sovereign, contiguous and viable State of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within mutually and internationally recognised borders.

Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour said the resolution's defeat means that the Security Council is not "ready and willing to shoulder its responsibilities in a way that would allow us to open the doors for peace and for a just and lasting solution based on international law."

"It also shows that the Security Council is out of step with the overwhelming global consensus and calls for an end to the Israeli occupation, an end to this prolonged conflict, and achievement of the long overdue independence of the Palestinian people," he said.

The motion had been widely expected to fail in the face of strong opposition from the US, one of the five permanent members on the Council that holds veto power.

Even had the resolution mustered the required number of votes, it would have faced defeat because of the US vote against it.


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