Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said there is an “urgent” need for a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements, in an interview with Agence France Presse ahead of a multi-country diplomatic tour.

“The Security Council is a very important subject because it has now become urgent due to settlement activities and because Israel has not stopped these activities,” Abbas said, with the Palestinians currently discussing a new draft resolution at the UN Security Council on the subject.

Abbas also criticized what he said was insufficient action from U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, while at the same time he firmly backed a French initiative to hold an international peace conference this summer.

He spoke late Monday ahead of a tour beginning Tuesday that will take him to Turkey, France, Russia, Germany and New York.

The two-week tour may be among the last chances at renewing peace efforts for the 81-year-old leader.

Peace efforts have been at a complete standstill since a US initiative collapsed two years ago.

Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are considered illegal under international law as well as major stumbling blocks to peace efforts since they are built on land the Palestinians see as part of their future state.

The United States has repeatedly vetoed resolutions opposed by Israel at the UN Security Council, but there has been speculation that Obama could change tack in the waning days of his administration.

 

AFP

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Elaine Niddery
Elaine Niddery
2016-04-13 01:53

What has this parasite ever done to protect the Palestinian people other than working for Israel and doing the occasional PR

Graham Bobbin
Graham Bobbin
2016-04-13 07:36

@DJSiri If he stopped kissing Netanyahus a**e he might get somewhere.

BraveNewWorld
BraveNewWorld
2016-04-13 14:59

Obama will either veto or bring out his resolution from two years ago that does nothing to help the Palestinians but officially makes Israel “The Jewish State” and gives the settlements and what ever else they can steal to Israel. In which case the Palestinians may be in a position of have to ask France to veto the American resolution.