THE UNITED NATIONS, December 30. /TASS/. A group of Arab states led by Jordan submitted to the UN Security Council on Monday a new draft resolution on the creation of the Palestinian State that may be put to the vote before the New Year’s Eve.
Earlier Monday, Palestinian officials said the draft resolution they intend to submit is not new, but rather a revision of the resolution submitted to the council by Jordan earlier this month. The revised resolution sharpens the Palestinian stance on Jerusalem, future borders and Palestinian refugees.
“The voting may be possibly held on Tuesday or Wednesday (New York time),” a representative of a UN Security Council member state told TASS on condition of anonymity. According to him, the document has already been printed.
Last week, diplomats of the UNSC member states expressed doubt that the voting will be held before the year end. However, after a closed-door meeting on Monday, a group of Arab countries in the UN made a decision to initiate the draft resolution consideration as soon as possible.
The renewed draft resolution gives 12 months for the comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that envisages the creation of a “sovereign and viable” State of Palestine. The document demands complete cessation of all Israeli settlement activity on the Palestinian territory, occupied since 1967, including in East Jerusalem.
The resolution will be adopted is 9 of the 15 UN Security Council members support it.