Arab League welcomes global rejection to Jewish settlements

CAIRO, The Arab League welcomed Thursday a global rejection to Jewish settlements, and said all UN Security Council members excluding the US reaffirmed that settlements were “blatant violation of the internationa law.” This international concensus “is an evidence of the countries’ support of the Palestinian just cause against condemned attempts to circumvent this right and show the occupation as good and to have a fake legitimacy of settlements,” Secretary General Ahmad Abul Gheit said in a statement.

This international position, he added, rejected all attempts that would undermine the two-state solution.

Abul Gheit commended a statement by the British permanent representative to the UN which considered the Jewish settlements “illegal and contravene international legitimacy.” Kuwait and the other nine elected members of the UNSC on Wednesday rejected the attempts to legitimize the Israeli settlements the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.

The State of Kuwait and Indonesia have tabled to the Council a draft statement, affirming the illegality of the Israeli settlement activities, said Kuwait’s Representative to the UN Mansour Al-Otaibi at a press conference.

“Regrettably, the draft failed to win the support of the other (five permanent) members of the Council,” he said.

“We reaffirm our constant and unequivocal position, in line with international law and relevant Security Council resolution, that the Israeli settlement activities are illegal, erode the viability of the two-state solution and undermine the prospects for a just, lasting and comprehensive peace as affirmed by UN Security Council Resolution 2334,” said Al-Otaibi while reading the draft.

“We call on Israel to end all settlement activity in line with its obligations as an occupying power.

“We also reiterate our concern about the calls for a possible annexation of areas in the West Bank.

“We will continue to support a resumption of a meaningful process towards a negotiated two-state solution, the only realistic and viable way to fulfil the legitimate aspirations of both parties.” Besides Kuwait and Indonesia, the UNSC E-10 include Belgium, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Peru, Poland and South Africa.

Source: Kuwait News Agency