UNITED NATIONS, United States – Palestinian envoys have presented a more toughly-worded UN draft resolution on statehood that could come up for a vote at the Security Council this week, despite US opposition.
The United States again on Monday rejected the text that would pave the way to a Palestinian state by setting a 12-month deadline to reach a final peace deal and calling for a full Israeli withdrawal by the end of 2017.
Arab ambassadors endorsed the text, which contains new provisions on declaring East Jerusalem the capital of a Palestinian state, settling the issue of Palestinian prisoner releases and halting Jewish settlements.
Security Council member Jordan submitted the text to the other council members, but no decision on the timing for a vote was taken.
"Both our leaderships will be discussing, to find the best way and the best timing to vote on the Security Council resolution," Jordanian Ambassador Dina Kawar told reporters.
Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour said the vote could "realistically" take place on Tuesday.
The draft resolution was formally presented to the council on December 17, but the United States quickly rejected the text over Palestinian insistence that deadlines be set.
The Palestinians had said they were open to negotiations on the text and Jordan began talks on a measure that could garner a consensus among the 15 council members.
But the latest push showed that prospects for a resolution that would satisfy both the Palestinians and the United States were bleak.
Discussions on the draft resolution come amid mounting international alarm over the ongoing violence and the failure to restart negotiations.
Israeli troops shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian boy in the occupied West Bank during a stone-throwing incident o Monday near the northern city of Nablus, sources on both sides said. — AFP