UNSC is united against settlement activity, says Palestinian envoy

There is a “consensus” among members of the United Nations Security Council when it comes to condemning Israeli settlement activity when it held closed-door consultations on the matter on Monday, Palestinian Authority Ambassador Riyad told reporters. Mansour in New York on Monday night.

“We understand that the discussion was constructive and useful in the informal consultation in the security council. There is consensus among members to condemn the settlement activities,” Mansour said.

That kind of informal consensus is not enough, he explained when he asked the Security Council to implement its resolution 2334 of 2016 that asked Israel to withdraw to the lines of 67.

“We will continue to engage with the security council to assume its responsibility” to enforce this resolution, he added.

“We need these [UN] resolutions, including this one that will be implemented, ”he said.

The envoy of the Palestinian Authority, Riyad Mansour. (credit: screenshot)

However, the UNSC did not issue a formal statement on Israel after the meeting, despite objections from its 15-member body to such activity.

The four European UNSC members – France, Estonia, Ireland and Norway – together with incoming member Albania issued an informal statement against settlement activity after the meeting.

We urge the Government of Israel to halt the construction of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including E1 and Givat Hamatos, and not to continue with tenders for the construction of more than 1,300 houses and plans for the construction of almost 3,000 houses. Units in Israeli Settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory Announced on October 24 and 27, 2021, “said Estonian Ambassador Sven Jürgenson. He read out the joint statement on behalf of the five countries.

“As stated in Security Council resolution 2334, the settlements are illegal under international law and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace between the parties,” said Jürgenson .

“We reiterate our strong opposition to the expansion of the settlements and we will not recognize any changes in the pre-1967 borders, including with respect to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties,” he explained.

“We call on both sides to refrain from unilateral actions that increase tensions and undermine the two-state solution and ask them to build on the measures taken in recent months to improve cooperation,” he continued.

“We urge all parties to refrain in particular from all forms of violence and incitement against the civilian population. We will continue to support steps towards a sustainable peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” Jürgenson said.


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