Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas will urge world powers at the UN Security Council on Tuesday to stand up to the US decision to recognize Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Israeli capital and establish a revamped peace process.
President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Al-Quds infuriated the Palestinians who declared that the United States could no longer play a role as lead mediator in the Middle East peace process.
Addressing the council for the first time since 2009, Abbas will call for a new collective approach in a bid to salvage the so-called “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour.
Abbas “will say that after the 6th of December with regard to Jerusalem, that now is the time for a collective approach,” Mansour told AFP.
Mansour said the Security Council – as the highest authority on matters of international peace and security – should come up with a new multilateral initiative and said the United States would not be sidelined.
In this new approach, the United States “will not have the only control. They will be part of the collective process for sure,” said Mansour.
“The bottom line is we want a new active process,” he said.