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US won't back Palestinian UN resolution

AFP , Friday 19 Dec 2014
US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki (Photo: Reuters)
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The United States will not support the current resolution put forward by the Palestinians setting the terms of a peace deal with Israel, a US official said Thursday.

Washington has seen the text of a draft resolution circulating in the UN Security Council and "it is not something that we would support," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

"We think others feel the same and we are calling for further consultations. The Palestinians understand that."

She pointed to a statement from Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas that he would support further consultations, adding US Secretary of State John Kerry had been holding discussions with different parties on Thursday.

She agreed the problem was the content of a Jordanian text that would set a 12-month timeline for wrapping up peace negotiations and a late 2017 deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian lands.

"We wouldn't support any action that would prejudge the outcome of the negotiations or would set a specific deadline for withdrawal of security forces," Psaki said, adding that the parties were aware of US concerns.

In the past, the US has supported UN resolutions relating to Israel. But Psaki stressed that "obviously the content is important."

"We've been clear about what our principles are, and the fact that we could support certain forms of resolution, but those discussions are private," Psaki added.

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