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19 Feb

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US vetoes UN draft on settlements

Washington blocks resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories as an obstacle to peace.

The US has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlements as “illegal” and called for an immediate halt to all settlement building.

All 14 other Security Council members voted in favour of the resolution, which was backed by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), on Friday.

Mark Lyall Grant, the British ambassador to the UN, speaking on behalf of his country, France and Germany, condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank. “They are illegal under international law,” he said.

He added that the European Union’s three biggest nations hope that an independent state of Palestine will join the UN as a new member state by September 2011.

The veto by the  administration of Barack Obama, the US president, is certain to anger Arab countries and Palestinian supporters around the world.

 
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Three questions for Marwan Bishara

Marwan Bishara 19 Feb 2011 05:02 GMT

Our senior political analyst on US decision to veto UNSC draft resolution condemning Israel’s illegal settlements.

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