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Arab League to Discuss PA Draft Resolution

Arab League leaders and delegates pose for a picture at the opening of the Arab League summit in the Qatari capital Doha on March 26 2013. AFPArab League leaders and delegates pose for a picture at the opening of the Arab League summit in the Qatari capital Doha on March 26 2013. AFPArab League is to meet January 15 to discuss the failed Palestinian Authority (PA) draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council, an official told AFP Wednesday.
 
On December 30, the UN Security Council rejected a draft resolution that would have forced Israel to withdraw from Jewish areas of Judea and Samaria in order to create a "Palestinian state." 
 
The Arab League called Wednesday for a meeting of its foreign ministers to discuss the issue.
 
"The meeting will review a number of issues, the main one being the developments regarding the Palestinian case, especially after failing to pass the UN bid," Deputy Secretary General Ahmed Helly told reporters.
 
The meeting will also discuss "future steps to support the Palestinian position," Helly said. Ahead of next week's meeting, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will attend a separate Arab peace initiative gathering, he added.
 
The PA has stated that it may resubmit the draft resolution to the UN Security Council despite the failed first vote. 
 
The move also follows the PA's formal request to the United Nations on Friday to join the ICC, in a move firmly opposed by both Israel and the United States. The UN accepted that request early Wednesday, after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stated that "the [Rome] statute will enter into force for the State of Palestine on April 1, 2015."
 
The PA has stated intent to file charges of war crimes against Israel in the Hague, but Israel has already filed counter-suits.

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