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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Palestinians draft UNSC resolution

presstv.ir | Thu Dec 30, 2010: 
Palestinians are set to ask the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in the coming days to condemn the continuing illegal Israeli settlement construction.

A copy of the draft resolution dated Dec. 21 -- obtained by the Associated Press -- shows that the Palestinians will call on the Security Council to declare the settlements illegal and ask Israel to freeze all construction in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds. 

The Palestinian Authority (PA) said on Wednesday that its Arab allies will present the resolution to the UNSC early next month. 

The 15-member council, along with the international community, has condemned Israeli settlement construction several times in the past. 

Due to the renewed settlement building activities, the PA broke off the long-delayed talks which resumed in early September. 

The US could use its veto power in the council to defeat any resolution against Israel, the draft resolution said. 

The US said on Wednesday that it will oppose any resolution brought before the United Nations Security Council that calls on Israel to end settlement activity in the West Bank. 

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the US continued to oppose Israeli settlement activity, but also opposed bringing the issue to the UNSC. 

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