Friday, 20 September 2019 11:55 GMT

Palestine ready for negotiations if draft resolution endorsed - FM

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki here on Sunday said that his country is ready for holding direct peace negotiations with Israel, if the Arab draft resolution regarding ending Israeli occupation with a specified timeframe is approved at the UN Security Council.

Palestine will work on reactivating a mechanism to submit the draft resolution to the UN Security Council, he told reporters, welcoming consulting and exchanging views with countries on the draft.

"We will not wait forever in this regard," he said.

The efforts, which started a month ago at the Security Council, have not met targets for many reasons, he said, adding that "we failed to get enough supporting votes and other draft resolutions were suggested".

Saturday's meeting of the Arab foreign ministers at Cairo-based Arab League was very important as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas briefed the conferees on Palestine's strategy before heading to the Security Council, Al-Maliki pointed out.

If the mission succeeds, he said, at the Security Council, Palestine becomes ready for entering into direct negotiations with Israel.

But in case of failure, other UN institutions will be targeted, including International Criminal Court to sign new conventions, he explained.

Some foreign ministers at Saturday's meeting, he noted, called for giving the US enough time to formulate ideas and orientations to reactivate the peace process, indicating it is better to wait until the start of next year to change the structure of the Security Council to be more positive.

Al-Maliki said that the draft resolution was endorsed by all foreign ministers, indicating they will formally present it to the Security Council for a vote within days in the upcoming step.

He stressed the ball is now in the court of the General Secretariat of the Arab League to start contacting with member states.

Palestine ready for negotiations if draft resolution endorsed - FM


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