NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 11: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds up a Vision for Peace map while speaking at the United Nations (UN) Security Council on February 11, 2020 in New York City. Abbas used the world body to denounce the US peace plan between Israel and Palestine. Donald Trump's proposal for Israeli-Palestinian peace, which was released on January 28, has been met with universal Palestinian opposition. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Abbas at UN: Trump’s plan offers Swiss cheese state

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a speech at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) rejected US President Donald Trump’s plan, saying it offered a “Swiss cheese state” for Palestinians.

The UN’s special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay Mladenov, gave an update on reaction to the Trump plan, noting opposition from Abbas, the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Although he said the plan received support from Israel’s government, Mladenov added that the EU high representative said Trump’s plan “departs from international agreed parameters,” while African Union member states “also rejected the proposal at their recent summit.”

Abbas later addressed the Security Council, saying Trump’s plan “violates UN resolutions” and annuls the Palestinians’ right to self-determination while legitimizing illegal Israeli settlements and the illegal annexation of occupied Palestinian land.

The Palestinian leader held up a map of the US proposal for a fragmented Palestinian state and said: “It’s like a Swiss cheese really.”

Abbas urged the international community to reject “an Israeli-American pre-emptive plan in order to put an end to the question of Palestine.”

He called for the convening of an international conference “to bring real peace between the Palestinians and Israel.”

A resolution was expected to have been introduced denouncing the plan, but that did not happen, leading observers to speculate that the Palestinians did not believe they could get past an almost certain US veto.

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