Friday, September 16, 2011

A draft, a text, a clue?

Amid a flurry of diplomatic activity trying put off a UN vote, the Jerusalem Post and Ynet, citing the London based Arabic daily Al Hayat, report that the Palestinians have agreed amongst themselves on four clauses to be included in their resolution. From Ynet:
The first clause in the draft proposal states that the UN General Assembly will call on Israel and the Palestinian Authority to resume negotiations on core issues, including Jerusalem, refugees and the settlements and will allocate six months for negotiations.
After six months, the sides will be committed to reaching understandings that would put an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and would bring about the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, side by side with Israel.
The second agreed upon clause states that Israel will halt unilateral moves, especially on the settlement issue while the Palestinians will fulfill their commitments on security matters.
The next clause stated that the UNGA would welcome a speech made by the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in which he would emphasize the Palestinian Authority's commitment to the UN principles.
The fourth clause notes that the UNGA would accept the World Bank and IMF reports on the Palestinians' ability to govern an independent state after the establishment of state institutions is completed.
Ynet also reports that Susan Rice, US ambassador to the UN, denies that anyone at the UN has seen a "text"or that one even exists. Well this makes me feel better knowing that I'm not the only one who hasn't seen one.

Draft or not, text or not, it appears that Blair's proposal to allow the Palestinian's to deposit their resolution with Ban Ki-moon is gaining some traction.

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