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Israel opposes UN council visit to Palestinian territories

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has told the that it opposes a planned visit by the top UN body to the for a close-up look at the situation, Kuwait's said Wednesday.

and other council members proposed the visit to the occupied territories during a meeting last week on Israel's decision to end the in the West Bank city of Hebron.

During a closed-door meeting on Wednesday, the council briefed members on talks held with and the Palestinians on the proposal for a visit.

"He said categorically refused the council visit," Kuwait's told reporters after the meeting.

"They don't want to receive a visit by the Security Council" even though they are prepared to welcome delegations from countries on the council, he added.

"We expressed our regret that this visit will not take place because it has been raised many times by the council."

The did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The visit would have come at a tumultuous time: Israel is headed for elections in April and the is reportedly putting the finishing touches to its much-awaited peace proposals.

The has adopted several resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process that call for a two-state solution and holds monthly meetings on the conflict.

Israel maintains that the UN body is biased in favor of the Palestinians. UN visited Israel and the in August 2017 but the has never traveled on a mission to that region.

In 1979, envoys from the top UN body went to Jordan, Syria, and as part of a special mission.

Over the past years, several proposals for a visit to and the occupied territories have been quashed by the United States, a veto-wielding member of the Security Council.

The council later Wednesday travels to and and is planning a trip to in March. Last year, it made a high-profile visit to and to meet with Rohingya refugees.

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First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 05:50 IST