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Palestinian President to Address UN Security Council

Palestinian President to Address UN Security Council

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is coming to the U.N. Security Council later this month to respond to the Trump administration's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Israel's expansion of settlements - a rare appearance reflecting escalating tensions over peace prospects.

They also asked for an global conference to be held to re-start peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians and the worldwide recognition of a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.

They called on all countries to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolution 478 (1980). Abbas is expected to speak during the Council's monthly meeting on Middle Eastern issues.

The United States is one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, however; it is likely the application won't make it out of the UNSC chamber, since the USA will probably would veto the application.

Jerusalem remains at the core of the Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel since 1967 - might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.

The Arab minister also emphasized the rejection of attempts to end the role and mandate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (UNRWA) through the systematic Israeli campaigns and the reduction of its funding by the U.S. administration.

Israel's United Nations ambassador issued a statement criticizing the invitation.

Israel's UN Ambassador Danon said in a statement Thursday that Abbas is "seeking to put an end to any possibility of negotiations with Israel". Such meetings are held outside the councils and members are not required to attend.

Abbas has announced that he intends to ask the Council to grant full United Nations membership to the Palestinian Authority.

Carter bridged wide gaps between the rigid Egyptian and Israeli leaders, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin, leading to the Camp David accords in September 1978.

The ministers renewed their rejection of any resolution recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli occupation, and considered the transfer of diplomatic missions to it as a violation to the global law and the resolutions of worldwide legitimacy. "To get historic results, we need courageous leaders. For the sake of the Palestinian and Israeli people, we pray it does so again".

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