Abbas to address UNSC next week on U.S. Mideast peace deal: official


RAMALLAH, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is to address the UN Security Council (UNSC) next week over the U.S. Middle East peace plan, better known as the Deal of the Century, a senior Palestinian official announced Wednesday.

Riyad Mansour, permanent representative of Palestine in the United Nations, told the official Voice of Palestine radio that Abbas will arrive in New York on Monday and address the UNSC on Tuesday.

The senior Palestinian diplomat revealed that Palestine will submit a draft resolution to the UNSC.

Meanwhile, Saleh Ra'fat, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee, told reporters that the draft resolution includes the rejection of the U.S. peace plan.

"In case America vetoes the draft resolution in the Security Council, Palestine will go to the UN General Assembly," said Ra'fat.

He expected the resolution to gain overwhelming majority support of the UN General Assembly, as well as "large condemnation of all Israeli measures."

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