United Nations: The UN Security Council on Tuesday failed to adopt a Palestinian-drafted resolution urging the end of "Israeli occupation" by the end of 2017.
The draft resolution, which failed to get nine votes in favour, received eight "yes" and five abstentions. The US and Australia voted against it, Xinhua reported.
The draft resolution "affirms the urgent need to attain, no later than 12 months after the adoption of this resolution, a just, lasting and comprehensive peaceful solution that brings an end to the Israeli occupation since 1967 and fulfils the vision of two independent, democratic and prosperous states, Israel and a sovereign, contiguous and viable State of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within mutually and internationally recognised borders."
Security Council member Jordan had requested the vote on the draft resolution.