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The Palestinian leadership is currently in the process of drafting a proposed resolution to be presented to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on a timetable for "ending" the decades-long Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, a Palestinian Foreign Ministry official said Monday.
Palestinian action at international institutions cannot be considered "unilateral," Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Tayseer Jaradat told Anadolu Agency.
Rather, he said, Israel's frequent attacks on Islamic holy sites in the Palestinian territories and the continued construction of Jewish-only settlements on Arab land should be considered "unilateral" moves.
The final statement of a conference devoted to the reconstruction of the war-battered Gaza Strip – held Sunday in Cairo – called on both the Palestinian and Israeli sides to refrain from taking any unilateral action that might jeopardize future peace talks.
Jaradat said consultations on a draft timetable for ending the Israeli occupation were ongoing among Palestinian government officials. He expects the draft resolution to be submitted for consideration by the UNSC by the end of this month.
He added that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Foreign Ministry were engaged in intensive diplomatic activity with the aim of drumming up international support for the proposal.
Jaradat said the Palestinian leadership would not abandon its bid to resort to the UNSC with a view to ending Israel's decades-long occupation.
Last week, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said his government would submit its draft resolution to the council in October.
The top Palestinian diplomat also said consultations were underway on means of rallying support for the resolution among the UNSC's permanent members and regional countries.
He explained that Jordan would submit the draft resolution on behalf of the Palestinians, as it is the only Arab country that currently enjoys UNSC membership.
Palestinian-Israeli peace talks ground to halt in April after Israel failed to honor an earlier promise to release a group of Palestinian prisoners.
The Palestinian draft resolution, according to a recent statement by Abbas at the U.N. General Assembly, will seek to apply the "two-state solution," providing the Palestinians with an independent state within the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Ekim 2014, 14:00