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PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT SAYS TO CUT TIES WITH ISRAEL IF U.N. RESOLUTION FAILS

BETHLEHEM, Palestine, Dec 24- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said, the Palestinian Authority (PA), will cut ties with the Israeli government, if a draft resolution presented last week to the UN fails to pass.

Speaking to reporters in Algeria, Abbas said, if the UN Security Council resolution fails, the leadership will be forced to take the “necessary political and legal decisions,” the Algerian Press Service reported.

“In case of failure, we will no more deal with the Israeli government, which will then be obliged to assume its responsibilities as an occupier,” the news agency said.

Abbas said that, Palestine will “ultimately regain its independence” with East Jerusalem as its capital, and will not succumb to “Israeli hegemony and oppression.”

The president met his Algerian counterpart, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, on Monday, during a three-day official visit.

Jordan presented the draft resolution last week, to the UN Security Council, on behalf of the PLO.

The resolution sets a 12-month deadline for wrapping up negotiations on a final settlement, and the end of 2017 as the time-frame for completing an Israeli withdrawal from occupied Palestinian territories.

A final peace deal would pave the way to the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as a shared capital, according to the text.

On Tuesday, PLO negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said, the UN Security Council would vote on the draft text before the end of 2014, although there is still no set date.

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine has urged the Palestinian leadership to “immediately withdraw” the draft resolution, arguing that the leadership is presenting a confusing picture of the bid.

SOURCE: MA’AN

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