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    Six Arab Nations Drafting New UN Bid for Palestinian Statehood

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    A committee of six Arab nations is working on a draft statehood bid for Palestine to be debated by the UN Security Council, the Palestinian Ambassador to Russia told reporters on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In December 2014, the UN Security Council rejected Palestine's statehood resolution after it failed to secure the support of at least nine countries, including the five permanent members. Russia and seven other countries voted for, the United States and Australia objected and five others abstained.

    A date for the new draft to go before the UN is yet to be set, Ambassador Faed Mustafa told during a news conference at the Rossiya Segodnya press center in Moscow.

    "Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait are the six countries that have been tasked with drafting a new resolution and setting the deadline for its submission."

    A separate attempt to outline Palestine's statehood bid has been made by France. According to Mustafa, Palestinian authorities were aware of the effort.

    "We told the French there was an Arab commission working on it, and invited France to coordinate its efforts with its members."

    He added Palestine had a few mandatory requirements for the document, including Israel recognizing the state of Palestine within 1967 borders. "If the French project does not include this provision, we will not endorse it," Mustafa said.

    Palestinians have been seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, since they were occupied by Israel after the Six-Day War in 1967. The initiative has hardly inched ahead due to Israel's continued resistance.


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