Security Council rejects resolution to end Israeli occupation in Palestine

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A draft resolution on ending the Israeli occupation of the occupied Palestinian Territory by the end of 2017 has been rejected by the UN Security Council.

The 15-member body was divided on Tuesday, with eight votes in favour, two against from the United States and Australia, and five abstentions.

A two-thirds majority, or nine votes, are needed to adopt a resolution, as long as no nation holding the power of veto opposes it.

Earlier this month, Jordan submitted the proposal which called to reach within 12 months, an end to what it called "the Israeli occupation since 1967".

The draft resolution also sought to create two independent and democratic states, Israel and a sovereign state of Palestine.

The Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN, Samantha Power, explained why her country voted against.

“Regrettably, instead of giving voice to the aspirations of both Palestinians and Israelis, this text addresses the concerns of only one side. It is deeply imbalanced and contains many elements that are not conducive to negotiations between the parties including unconstructive deadlines that take no account of Israel's legitimate security concerns.” (0'22)

Meanwhile, the Permanent Representative of Jordan, Dina Kawar, said the result of the vote will not prevent her country from remaining at the forefront of those who defend the Palestinian cause and all the rights of the Palestinian people.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1'29"


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