Palestinian President Abbas Says He Won’t Accept Any U.S. Plan for Peace With Israel After Recognition of Jerusalem

FILE PHOTO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends the 34th session of the Human Rights Council at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said he will not accept any US plan for peace with Israel, after it recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

His comments came after a UN General Assembly vote effectively repudiated Washington’s controversial declaration.

A majority of countries backed a non-binding resolution affirming Jerusalem’s status quo on Thursday.

Washington has for the past few months been drafting a new peace plan, though it has not divulged any details.

Donald Trump’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital two weeks ago was condemned across the Arab and Muslim world, and hailed in Israel.

What did Mahmoud Abbas say?

The Palestinian leader reiterated that he no longer accepted the US as a mediator in the peace process with Israel. He also rebuffed a new US framework for peace being developed by President Trump’s Middle East envoy, Jared Kushner, before it has been launched.

“The United States has proven to be a dishonest mediator in the peace process and we will no longer accept any plan from the United States,” Mr Abbas told a news conference in Paris.

While the details of the US plan are not known, it has been devised for months and there has been an expectation it will be publicly launched in early 2018.

The last round of US-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed amid acrimony in April 2014.

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SOURCE: BBC News