World Bulletin/News Desk
The Palestinian Authority introduced four amendments to a draft proposal submitted last week to the UN Security Council (UNSC) that would set 2017 as the deadline for ending Israel's decades-long occupation.
"Significant amendments were introduced to the draft blueprint to be voted on by the UNSC," Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said in a Monday statement.
The changes, al-Malki said, include "unequivocal clarifications regarding East Jerusalem being the capital of the State of Palestine, as it is an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territories."
Moreover, he added, the amendments ensure that "any changes imposed on occupied Jerusalem with the purpose of altering its features or imposing a new status quo will not be recognized."
Al-Malki went on to say that the changes "affirm the validity of international law and its implementation in all the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, and call for a complete freeze on all Israeli settlement-building activity."
He also noted that the amendments call for the "halt of all acts of aggression or provocation, be it against the Al-Aqsa Mosque or any other Muslim or Christian holy site, or against any part of the Palestinian territories under threat of confiscation or aggression."
The amendments were made after a meeting of the Palestinian leadership convened last week to discuss the draft resolution, which was submitted to the UNSC last week by Jordan on behalf of Arab states.
The date for voting on the resolution, however, has yet to be announced.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Aralık 2014, 13:26