Egypt backs Palestine UNSC draft resolution on Israel

Egypt backs Palestine UNSC draft resolution on Israel

Sat Dec 20, 2014 9:56PM GMT

Egypt has thrown its weight behind a draft resolution submitted to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) by the Palestinian Authority calling for complete withdrawal of Israel from Palestinian territories.

The Saturday development came through an Egyptian Foreign Ministry statement following talks in the Egyptian capital of Cairo between Chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erakat, and Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri on the draft resolution during which Shoukri offered his government’s support for Palestinians bid at the UNSC.

The Palestinian representatives presented the draft resolution to the UNSC on Wednesday, setting a 12-month deadline for the completion of Israel’s withdrawal from Palestinian territories as a prelude to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

According to the Egyptian statement, during their talks, Shoukri highlighted Egypt’s backing for “the choice of the Palestinian people and its leadership.”

The Egyptian minister further extended his country’s “full backing for the legal rights of the Palestinians in establishing an independent state along the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem (al-Quds) as its capital.”

The proposed resolution at the UNSC calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state with East al-Quds as its capital.

This is while the Israeli regime’s chief sponsor, the Unite States, has vowed to oppose the Palestinian draft resolution, specifically objecting to the deadline for an Israeli withdrawal.

Egypt brokered a ceasefire agreement between the Israeli regime and the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas in an effort to bring an end to the Israeli military onslaught in Gaza last summer which killed 2,140 Palestinians, mostly civilians, in the impoverished territory.

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