Kuwait on Tuesday circulated a watered-down draft UN Security Council resolution

Kuwait on Tuesday passed a watered-down draft UN Security Council resolution on setting up an international protection mission for the Palestinians in a tender to win European support in a vote anticipated this week, diplomats stated.

The council could hold a vote, possibly on Thursday, on the draft resolution that is anticipated to go through a US veto, the diplomats mentioned.

Still, Kuwait, a non-permanent council member that constitutes Arab countries, is believing to win a large number of votes in favour of its proposal to highlight Washington’s separation on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

The revised draft descends an outright demand for an international protection mission and instead requests that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres present recommendations.

The new text “calls for the consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population” in the engaged Palestinian territories and the Gaza Strip, as per the draft obtained by AFP.

It pleads that Guterres present a report within 60 days on  proposals for the protection of Palestinian civilians counting the establishment of an international mission.

Britain and France, two veto-wielding council members, have protested that the draft resolution require details on the scope and aim of the proposed protection mission, diplomats stated.

The United States for time being maintained that the steps was influencial against Israel during two expert-level meetings conducted previous week, as per  diplomatic sources.

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon has banged the proposed resolution as “shameful” and mentioned that it was designed to assist Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas.

Kuwait put forward the draft resolution ten days ago after Israeli forced killed dozens of Palestinians during protests on the Gaza border and the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem.

Discussion however have been tough-going with the Europeans and Africans pressing for more details on the proposed protection mission, as per diplomats.

Diplomats have stated the Palestinians may turn to the UN General Assembly if the draft resolution on protection fails to win Security Council backing.

The council is due to meet on Wednesday at the request of the United States to speak about Palestinian rocket firings on Israel from Gaza.

The rocket and mortar firings from the Gaza Strip were declared by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, prompting Israel to reply with air strikes on bases of the militant Palestinian groups.

It was the worst flare-up from the 2014 war conducted by Israel in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Washington has passed a draft council statement that would criticize the firing of rockets by Palestinian militants in Gaza, but it stays unclear whether it will be approved.

 

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