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Palestinian draft resolution fails in UN council

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 A Palestinian draft resolution calling for Israel to withdraw from Palestinian territories by late 2017 was defeated in the UN Security Council on Tuesday after failing to get sufficient votes in favor.

Even if the draft had received the minimum nine votes in favor, it would have been defeated by the vote against it by the United States, one of the five veto-wielding permanent members.

There were eight votes in favor, two votes against and five abstentions. Australia joined the United States in voting against the measure.

Palestinian UN Observer Riyad Mansour, asked why his government was pushing ahead with a measure that faced almost certain defeat, said: "If one party decides for whatever reason that they do not want to go along with this massive support by the international community to find a just solution to this conflict, to try to save the two-state solution…then it is not for lack of giving time as Arabs, it is not a lack of flexibility."

The United States reiterated that it did not support the measure. If necessary, council diplomats said, the US delegation will veto the Palestinian draft.

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