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Abbas plans to resubmit bid for Palestinian statehood at UN
Monday January 5, 2015 10:30 PM, IINA

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that he was discussing with Jordan plans to resubmit to the UN Security Council a resolution calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state that failed to win enough votes last week.

Palestinian officials hope the new UN Security Council non-permanent members, that replaced several other countries with revolving membership over the New Year, will be more sympathetic to their resolution which demands an Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories and independence by 2017.

"We didn't fail. The U.N. Security Council failed us. We'll go again to the Security Council. Why not? Perhaps after a week. We are studying it and we will study this with our allies and especially Jordan; because they are close to us and they care about us.

"You all know the historical relationship (with Jordan) but also Jordan is a member of the U.N. Security Council. We will discuss with Jordan, to submit the resolution again, a third time or even a fourth time. We will not give up until the Security Council gives us admission," Abbas said.

In the UN vote on Tuesday, the Palestinian draft received eight votes in favor, including France, Russia and China, two against and five abstentions, among them Britain. Australia joined the United States in voting against the measure.

The veto-wielding United States has pledged to block Abbas's plan, calling it one-sided and unproductive.

Abbas signed onto 20 international conventions the next day, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), giving the court jurisdiction over crimes committed on Palestinian lands.

In retaliation for the move to the ICC, Israel announced on Saturday that it would withhold $125 million in monthly tax funds that it collects on the Palestinians' behalf, in a blow to Abbas's cash-strapped government.


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