Abbas Calls For Mideast Peace Conference In Rare UN Speech

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called for an global peace conference to tackle the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

"It has become impossible today for one country or state alone to solve a regional or global conflict", Abbas said. It calls for mutual recognition by the states of Israel and Palestine based on 1967 borders, and formation of "an global multilateral mechanism" to assist the two parties in resolving all final status issues and implementing them "within a set time frame".

Abbas, 82, has sought to ramp up pressure on Israel by threatening to seek membership in the International Criminal Court at The Hague, where Palestinians could try to prosecute Israel for alleged war crimes.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appeared to back away from his 2009 commitment to a Palestinian state and has pledged to bolster Israeli settlements in the West Bank, where 400,000 Jews live amid about 2.5 million Palestinians. "How can this happen?" "Israel shut the door on the two-state solution", the Palestinian president said. Abbas, Erekat said by way of defense, has "led the peace process and promoted the principle of the two-state solution".

Abbas left the Security Council meeting room immediately after finishing his speech, without listening to the delegates from Israel and the US.

Haley's speech followed addresses from Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon and Abbas to the chamber.

Instead, he told council members that the Palestinian president has been coming to the United Nations "expecting you to deliver the results".

He also thanked Kuwait for its support of the Palestinian cause and thanked the Kuwaiti foreign minister for attending and chairing the Security Council session.

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"That's why he's going to the United Nations - to complain", said Mkhaimar Abusada, a political scientist at Al-Azhar University in the Gaza Strip.

Israel's ministerial legislative committee Sunday evening made a decision to back proposed legislation that allows the revocation of the residency permits of Palestinians living in occupied Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, according to Israeli media.

Danon said that "the only way it [Israeli-Palestinian peace] is going to work is with direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians". Deputy British UN ambassador Jonathan Allen described United States leadership on the issue as "indispensable".

The Palestinians hope that greater worldwide involvement in the peace process will serve to counter what they see as a USA stance biased in favor of Israel.

But Mr Abbas can expect a swift and forceful response from US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, a staunch proponent of the move who has already defended it before the world body.

Fourteen of the 15 security council members backed a similar resolution but it was vetoed by the US.

"The US stands ready to work with the Palestinian leadership. but we will not chase after you". "Our negotiators are sitting behind me", she said.

"You can choose to put aside your anger about our embassy and move forward with us", she said.

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