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Abbas pushing UN end-of-occupation bid

AP , Saturday 29 Nov 2014
Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas listens to a question during a media briefing at the Union Building in Pretoria November 26, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he is moving ahead with a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution on setting a November 2016 deadline to end the Israeli occupation.

Abbas told Arab League foreign ministers Saturday that he had put off such a step repeatedly in response to requests from Washington, but: "We can't wait any longer."

Abbas says he will now begin consultations on the draft resolution, but did not mention a timetable.

The resolution is likely to fail, either because it falls short of the needed votes or because the U.S. will veto it.

The Palestinian bid appears largely symbolic and aimed at generating political leverage.

Abbas also warned that the Palestinians could take other steps, including joining the International Criminal Court, if the Security Council rejects the resolution.

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