Tunisia distributed to the members of the UN Security Council an unofficial document containing elements of a draft resolution on the Middle East peace process, in which it condemned the American plan.
The most prominent elements of the document confirm the Security Council’s deep regret over the fact that the plan presented by the United States and Israel violates international law.
The project also includes the Council's assertion that the plan undermines the inalienable rights and national aspirations of the Palestinian people, including self-determination and independence.
The document cites the council's condemnation of recent statements calling on Tel Aviv to annex areas of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.
The Council renews - through the document - its call for achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East without delay, on the basis of the United Nations resolutions, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Quartet Road Map.
In the document, the International Council affirms its unwavering support for the two-state solution on the basis of the pre-1967 borders, as well as calling on all states to comply with its decisions, including those related to the city of Jerusalem, and not to recognize any measures or measures contrary to international resolutions in this regard.
Diplomats told Reuters that negotiations on the text of the draft resolution will likely begin this week, and it is expected that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will talk about the peace plan before the Security Council next week, perhaps in a timing that coincides with a vote on the draft.
Although the United States is likely to use its veto to block the passage of the draft, which was circulated by Tunisia to Security Council members, it reflects some of the bleak view of Trump's peace plan announced last week.
|Trump, during the announcement of the peace plan, and the Israeli Prime Minister welcomes (Reuters)|
Trump's plan - the outcome of a three-year effort by his adviser Jared Kushner - recognizes the authority of Tel Aviv over the settlements, and demands that the Palestinians meet a difficult series of conditions for them to have a state whose capital is in a village in the West Bank east of Jerusalem.
Kouchner is to inform the UN Security Council ambassadors about Trump's plan on Thursday.
While the Palestinians rejected the plan, several Arab governments said it represented a springboard for reviving long-stalled negotiations.
The draft resolution stresses the need to accelerate international and regional efforts to start "credible negotiations on all final status issues in the Middle East peace process, without exception."
A US Security Council veto would allow the Palestinians to submit the draft resolution to the 193-nation UN General Assembly, as the vote would show the international response to the Trump peace plan.