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Hamas says UN draft resolution does not represent Palestinians

A number of Palestinian factions are opposed to the PA-proposed resolution calling for an end to the occupation of Palestine by the end of 2017

Ahram Online , Tuesday 23 Dec 2014
Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesperson
Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesperson (Photo: Reuters)

Hamas Islamist movement opposed a Palestinian Authority-proposed UN Security Council draft resolution that calls for an end to the occupation of Palestine by the end of 2017, on the grounds that it is a draft that doesn’t represent the consensus of the Palestinians, state-run news agency MENA reported on Tuesday.

Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesperson, stated in a press release that the draft resolution was widely repudiated by Palestinian factions, Abu Zuhri also called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to withdraw the resolution.

Jordan, the only Arab member in the Security Council, had submitted the resolution to the council on Wednesday.  

The draft resolution states that a negotiated solution should be based on several parameters including 1967 borders, security agreements, and "Jerusalem as the shared capital of the two States which fulfills the legitimate aspirations of both parties and protects freedom of worship."

According to Reuters the text also "calls upon both parties to abstain from any unilateral and illegal actions, including settlement activities that could undermine the viability of a two-state solution."

A number of Palestinian factions have announced their opposition to the draft resolution, including the people’s party, and the national initiative party along with both the popular and the democratic fronts for the liberation of Palestine.

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