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    The draft Palestinian resolution on Israel's withdrawal from the West Bank fails to address a number of unresolved issues in Israeli-Palestinian relations even after amendments were made, General Secretary of the Palestinian People's Party Bassam Salhi told Sputnik Monday.

    RAMALLAH, December 29 (Sputnik) The Palestinian draft resolution calls for a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian settlement within one year, and sets forth that East Jerusalem should be the capital of the Palestinian state which will be formed within the borders delineated in 1967, with Israeli settlements built later considered as illegal. Moreover, it states that Israel should withdraw from the West Bank and remove the settlements by the end of 2017.

    Initially, the resolution was presented to the United Nations Security Council on December 17. However, it was amended on Sunday after a number of Palestinian organizations criticized it for failing to meet Palestinian interests and addressing the issue of the status of East Jerusalem. The revised resolution was expected to be presented to the Security Council on Monday.

    According to Salhi, the amendments that have been made do not change the draft resolution considerably and relate only to the preamble. Moreover, they overlook the issue of the status of Jerusalem and refer solely to the problem of Israeli settlements, while failing to suggest any mechanism for solving this problem, Salhi said.

    Salhi also emphasized the need of setting more specific time limits to end the Israeli occupation.

    "We will turn to the Security Council to define time limits to end the Israeli occupation that will be recognized by the United Nations. However, we disapprove of those amendments to the draft resolution that have been made," Salhi told Sputnik.

    Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Palestinian People's Party have been the major Palestinian groups criticizing the resolution that was proposed initially.

    The revised version is more specific about East Jerusalem and claims it should become the capital of the future Palestinian state.

    Palestinians seek the creation of an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, partially occupied by Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, and want Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian territories it took after the 1967 war.


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