Arab League foreign ministers endorse a draft resolution for the creation of a Palestinian state, saying it will be formally presented to the U.N. Security Council within days. Vanessa Johnston reports.
Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo Saturday say they've agreed to push the United Nations Security Council for Palestinian statehood. Palestinians want statehood in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and blockaded Gaza Strip - lands captured by Israel in a 1967 war. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Israel has left his people no other option but to turn directly to the international community. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT, MAHMOUD ABBAS, SAYING: "Honorable delegates, we made several decisions that included firstly, heading to the U.N. Security Council to present an Arab draft resolution that includes securing a Palestinian state -- with the capital being East Jerusalem on the border of the June 6, 1967 border -- and placing a time frame for the execution of this." Arab League chief Nabil al-Araby says Jordan -- an Arab member of the U.N. Security Council -- will formally present the draft for a vote within days. BUT it is unlikely to gain the support of at least one council member -- the U.S. -- ...a key ally of Israel, which also holds veto power. On Tuesday, France's parliament will hold a symbolic vote on whether it should recognize Palestine as a state, after similar moves in Sweden, Britain, Ireland and Spain.