UNSC rejects Palestinian resolution demanding end to Israeli occupation on its territories within three years

UN Security Council (UNSC) has rejected a resolution demanding an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories within three years i.e. 2017.

In this regard,  Jordan earlier had submitted the motion in UN after it was agreed and backed by 22 Arab states and the Palestinian Authority.

Eight members of the 15-strong Security Council voted for it

  • Russia, China, France, Argentina, Chad, Chile, Jordan and Luxembourg voted in favour the resolution.
  • US and Australia voted against it.
  • UK, Lithuania, Nigeria, the Republic of Korea and Rwanda remained abstained.

This resolution failed to get support of at least nine members in order to pass.

Background

Earlier, Palestinian had campaigned in UN for three months in order to secure its passage of this draft resolution.

This draft had outlined a solution which aimed to fulfill the vision of two independent, Israel and a sovereign State of Palestine.

It also had called for new negotiations to take place based on territorial lines that existed before Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 war.

This resolution aimed to force Israel to fully withdraw from all occupied Palestinian territories by the end of 2017 and for a comprehensive peace deal to be reached within a year.

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