Palestinians to urge Obama not to veto UN resolution on settlements: report
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The Palestinian Authority hopes to convince the Obama administration to refrain from vetoing a United Nations Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements that it plans to bring to a vote in January, Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Saturday, citing unnamed Palestinian officials and Western diplomats.
A high-level delegation of Palestinians, headed by chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and Palestinian intelligence chief Majid Faraj, will head to Washington shortly to argue their case, according to the report.
Erekat confirmed the report and said the delegation would arrive on Monday, according to the Palestinian Ma'an news agency.
The delegation is expected to meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the proposed resolution, which the Palestinians reportedly hope to bring to a vote in January, before President-elect Donald Trump takes office on January 20.
The draft resolution calls for the Security Council to state that settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are illegal and an obstacle to peace, to demand that Israel stop settlement construction, and to prevent UN member nations from providing Israel with assistance that could be used directly for settlement-related activity. It also calls for a halt to violence against civilians and incitement, and finally for all countries to work to restarts direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
The last time the Security Council passed a resolution against settlements was in 1980.
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