Clinton Slam Draft Resolution to UN Security Council Condemning Settlements

21.01.11 – 14:30

Washington – PNN – US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, Slammed the Palestinian submitted proposal on Wednesday to the United Nations in an attempt to condemn Israel’s settlement activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

“We continue to believe strongly that the only way that there will be a resolution of the conflict and a two-state solution that will result in an independent, viable Palestinian state and security for Israel is through a negotiated settlement. Therefore, we don’t see action in the United Nations or any other forum as being helpful in bringing about that desired outcome. “Secretary Clinton told reporters in Washington on Thursday.

A representative from Lebanon, acting on behalf of Palestine, submitted a resolution to the UN Security Council on Wednesday condemning Israeli settlement activity and demanding that it be declared illegal. Voting on the bill is likely to be delayed for at least a week. All 15 UN Security Council members received copies of the proposed resolution, which was signed by 122 of 192 UN member states.

Clinton said that the White House position on settlements remains as it has been but  “ultimately, the Palestinian and Israeli people have to make a decision about whether they can engage in negotiations that will result in compromise on both sides to obtain what we believe will be not just two states living side by side in peace and security, but a much better future for the children of both Israelis and Palestinians.” Clinton remarks was made during her meeting with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet late on Thursday.

The renewed Palestinian-Israeli peace talks started in Washington in early September 2010, three weeks later they head deadlock after the Israeli government refused to extend its freeze of construction in West Bank settlements, a demand set forth by the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and supported by Washington.

The United States is expected to veto the resolution when it comes to a vote in the Security Council, but the date of the vote is unknown—some analysts predict a vote will not come before a February 5 meeting of the Quartet, the Israeli-Palestinian negotiating body made up of Russia, the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations.

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