France Pushing Security Council Resolution Calling for End to Israeli Presence in West Bank
The Palestinian Authority welcomed French efforts to lead an international initiative aimed at ending Israel’s control of the the West Bank and resolving the Israeli-Arab conflict, Al-Jazeera reported on Monday.
According to Al-Jazeera, France will submit a resolution on the issue to the United Nations Security Council next month, after making some amendments to a current draft.
In a broadcast on Voice of Palestine radio, the Palestinian Authority’s envoy to the U.N. Riyad Mansour said France was committed to restarting the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians by September.
Mansour said the five permanent members of the Security Council were working with some Arab countries to push toward negotiations with Israel aimed at resolving the dispute over the West Bank and to develop a framework agreement, “along the lines of the Iranian nuclear deal.”
The French government had reportedly been working on a draft U.N. resolution that would demand an Israeli withdraw from the West Bank and call for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within 18 months. Last month, Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki claimed France had backed away from the proposal under pressure from the U.S.