Abbas rejects US Mideast peace plan at UN Security Council meeting

Abbas rejects US Mideast peace plan at UN Security Council meeting

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United Nations, Feb 11: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday reiterated the rejection of a newly released US Middle East peace plan, calling it an "Israeli-American proposal."

"I have come to you on behalf of 13 million Palestinians to call for a just peace. That is all. I have come to you today to reaffirm the Palestinian position that rejects the Israeli-American proposal," Abbas told the UN Security Council, which met to discuss the US plan.

The rejection of this plan reaffirms, or is the result of its unilateral steps and the fact that it violates international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative, said Abbas.

"It annuls the legitimacy of Palestinian rights, our rights to self-determination, freedom, and independence in our own state. It legitimized what is illegal: settlements and confiscation of land, and annexation of Palestinian land."

"I would like to reaffirm that this plan or any part in this plan should not be considered as an international reference for negotiations," he said. "This is an Israeli-American preemptive plan in order to put an end to the question of Palestine. It was rejected by us because it considers that East Jerusalem is no longer under the sovereignty of the state of Palestine. That alone is enough for us to reject this plan."

He warned that the plan would put an end to the question of Palestinian refugees. It will end all basis for a peace plan. It means the rejection of all agreements and obligations to establish two states along the pre-1967 lines, said Abbas.

"This plan will not bring peace or stability to the region. And therefore, we will not accept this plan. We will confront its application on the ground."

Tuesday's Security Council meeting was requested by Tunisia and Indonesia after US President Donald Trump on Jan. 28 revealed a controversial Middle East peace plan, which calls for a two-state solution while recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's "undivided capital."

The US plan was immediately rejected by Palestine and the Arab world as well as other countries around the world.

Prior to Tuesday's meeting, the four EU members of the UN Security Council -- Belgium, Estonia, France and Germany -- plus Poland, which has just left the council, said in a joint statement that the US plan "departs from internationally agreed parameters." (UNI-Xinhua)