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Decision on Palestinian UN bid ‘will take time,’ Jordan says

Official says resolution text is open to negotiations; France, Britain and Germany press on with separate peace plan initiative

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, on September 26, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/Timothy A. Clary)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, on September 26, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/Timothy A. Clary)

UNITED NATIONS — Negotiations on a draft UN resolution that sets terms for a final Israeli-Palestinian peace deal will take time, Jordan said Thursday, indicating that a Security Council vote was not imminent.

Jordan presented the measure on Wednesday to the UN Security Council on behalf of the Palestinians, who said they were open to negotiations on the text.

“It will take time,” Jordan’s UN ambassador Dina Kawar told reporters.

Jordan along with Britain and France are hoping to achieve a draft resolution that could be adopted by consensus at the Security Council and will not be vetoed by the United States.

Washington has repeatedly vetoed Security Council resolutions seen as undermining its close ally Israel.

The Palestinian draft resolution sets a 12-month deadline for wrapping up negotiations on a final settlement and the end of 2017 as the time frame for completing an Israeli withdrawal to pre-1967 lines.

A final peace deal would pave the way to the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as a shared capital, according to the text.

But the deadlines set in the draft resolution for a final deal and the Israeli withdrawal were unlikely to win support from the United States.

US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Villa Taverna in Rome, December 15, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/Evan Vucci)
US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Villa Taverna in Rome, December 15, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/Evan Vucci)

The US administration opposes moves that bind negotiators’ hands through a UN resolution, particularly any attempt to set a deadline for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank.

“There is not the basis for consensus on the text as drafted and that is why we need to do some work,” said a Security Council diplomat.

“The issue now is how do we get something that really does command consensus. The objective that we have is to achieve consensus, which means we want to have a text that everybody can agree,” said the diplomat, who asked not to be named.

France, working with Britain and Germany, was pressing on with a separate text on reviving the peace process, but it was unclear when that effort would yield results.

“We are continuing our work on a consensus text. We are working on the European text and we will see if we can make progress,” said a European diplomat.

Adoption of a Security Council resolution on reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace talks would mark a key step after the United States failed in a high-profile bid to prevent the collapse of talks in April.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has warned that without a return to peace talks, violence will continue on the ground and war could be reignited following the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas-led fighters in Gaza this summer.

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