France pressuring Abbas to drop UN resolution to freeze settlements | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


France pressuring Abbas to drop UN resolution to freeze settlements

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz, citing an unnamed senior Palestinian official, said Tuesday that the Palestinian Authority is leaning toward freezing its effort to secure an anti-settlement resolution through the UN Security Council.

According to senior Israeli and Palestinian officials, the French government was pressing the Palestinian Authority to freeze the effort on the grounds that it will fail and undermine French attempts to put together an international peace summit this summer.

"The opportunity to go to the Security Council will always be there and we want to give a chance to the French initiative because, in the end, this is an initiative that serves us and not one that hurts us," the Palestinian figure said.

Also speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior Israeli official said that France's Ambassador to UN Francois Delattre informed his Palestinian counterpart, Riyad Mansour, of the problems involved in promoting a Security Council resolution against the settlements at this time.

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