Arabs seek anti-settlement UN resolution

PressTV – Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:16AM

A UN Security Council session (file photo)
Arab nations are set to formally demand that the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel over its illegal settlement constructions.

Arab envoys at the UN have decided to formally register a draft resolution against Tel Aviv at the Security Council before the end of Tuesday, Tunisia’s UN envoy Ghazi Jomaa told reporters on Monday, AFP reported.

Jomaa, who also chairs the Arab group, said that the draft calls for a complete freeze on Israel’s illegal construction activities on occupied Palestinian territories.

The Security Council is to discuss the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Wednesday.

Palestinian and other Arab negotiators are reportedly trying to persuade the United States not to veto the resolution.

The United States traditionally vetoes resolutions which condemn Israel.

Lebanon’s envoy Nawaf Salam said more meetings would be held to decide when to press for a vote.

The Palestinians want the resolution passed to put pressure on Tel Aviv its illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank .

The 15-member Security Council has repeatedly condemned Israeli settlement activities in the past.

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