Abbas claims UN failed Palestinians, reports negotiations with Jordan following rejection by Security Council and PA request to join ICC
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Sunday evening that he plans to resubmit a statehood proposal to the United Nation’s Security Council.
Last week, the Security Council rejected the proposal. 8 of 15 countries voted in favor: China, France, Russia, Argentina, Chad, Chile, Jordan & Luxembourg, 2 opposed: USA and Australia and 5 abstained: UK, Lithuania, Nigeria, Korea & Rwanda.
Abbas stated on the rejection, “We didn’t fail, the UN Security Council failed us. We’ll go again to the Security Council, why not? Perhaps after a week. We are studying it, and we will study this with our allies and especially Jordan … to submit the resolution again, a third time or even a fourth time.”
Jordan is reportedly in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority to reword the proposal.
The United States and Australia rejected the proposal, both Canada and Britain abstaining but vocally supporting no support for the Palestinian Authority’s unilateral attempts to gain recognition.
Following the Security Council decision to reject the proposal, the Palestinian Authority then chose to officially request membership to the International Criminal, signing over 20 treaties. The process of joining will take up to 60 days, the Palestinians currently holding “observer status”.