The Palestinians rejects Quartet proposal since they avoid the settlements building and do not deal with ‘Israeli’ withdrawal.

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Palestinian Acting president confident Security Council ruling on statehood bid will be rendered in weeks, despite expected US veto; says will not agree to international mediation proposals that ‘disregard Palestinian conditions for peace talks’

Palestinian Acting President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday that he expected the Security Council to finish debating the Palestinian application for full UN membership within weeks, not months. “(Now) we are talking about weeks not months.”

Speaking to journalists on plane back from New York, Abbas said Security Council members had initially appeared unenthusiastic to discuss the Palestinian application.  Regarding the Quartet proposal, he told reporters accompanying him that he was still ‘studying the proposal by the peace-making Quartet and we will not deal with any initiative that doesn’t demand a halt to Israeli settlement construction or negotiations based on lines Israel held before capturing land the Palestinians claim for their state’’.

On Saturday Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki rejected the Quartet’s proposal to Speaking to a Palestinian radio station, al-Malki said that’’ the Quartet’s proposal does not call for a settlement freeze and an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines, and therefore isn’t sufficient’’.

In a statement on Friday, the Quartet representative to the middle east Tony Blair said they wanted to see comprehensive proposals within three months on territory and security, and substantial progress within six months. The statement followed the acting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas submission of a formal application to the UN Security Council for recognition of a Palestinian state.

In his speech to the General Assembly on Friday after presenting the request, Abbas said:

 “I do not believe that anyone with a shred of conscience can reject our application … and our admission as an independent state.”

Lebanon’s UN ambassador Nawaf Salam said the Security Council would convene on Monday to discuss the application after Abbas presented it to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday.  “I circulated the letter (Palestinian application) to all members of the Security Council and I called for consultations in light of this letter on Monday at three in the afternoon.

The UN Security Council will take up the Palestinian bid for full statehood and UN membership on Monday. This is an unusually fast development compared to the normal tempo of the United Nations.

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