Abbas to push for UN resolution to end Israeli occupation by 2016

Global News

CAIRO – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday he is moving ahead with a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution on setting a November 2016 deadline to end the Israeli occupation.

Abbas told Arab League foreign ministers that he had put off such a step repeatedly in response to requests from Washington, but: “We can’t wait any longer.”

“The status quo is not sustainable any longer, especially at a time when the Israeli government is continuing its attacks, its settlements, demolishing houses, confiscating lands and imposing facts on the ground,” he said

Abbas said he will now begin consultations on the draft resolution, but did not mention a timetable.

“This is a basic issue, this is a very important issue, and the Arab League agrees with it,” said Arab League Chief Nabil Elaraby, adding that it is “natural” that Palestine is heading to the Security Council now. Arab League foreign ministers…

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