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Abbas set to push for withdrawal resolution

Palestinian president will take campaign to UN security council

PALESTINIAN President Mahmoud Abbas has called for Israel to end its occupation by November 2016, saying that he will push for the deadline in a UN security council resolution.

Mr Abbas told Arab League foreign ministers on Saturday that he had repeatedly acceded to US requests to put the resolution off, but "we can't wait any longer.

"The status quo is not sustainable, especially at a time when the Israeli government is continuing its attacks, its settlements, demolishing houses and confiscating lands."

"This is a basic issue, this is a very important issue, and the Arab League agrees with it," said Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby.

Mr Abbas will now begin consultations on a draft.

The US is likely to veto any resolution, but Mr Abbas warned that the Palestinians could take other steps, including joining the International Criminal Court.

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