Kuwait voices concerns over lack of implementation of UN resolutions on Israeli settlements

NEW YORK, Kuwait together with nine other UN Security Council members have voiced concerns over the lack of implementation of the UN resolutions related to Israel’s illegal settlement activities in Palestinian territories and violations against Palestinians.

“We, the undersigned members of the Security Council, are writing to express our profound concern about the lack of implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), which was adopted by the Security Council on 23 December 2016,” reads a letter sent to the President of the UNSC and the UN Secretary General by representatives of Kuwait, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Bolivia, China, C?te d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan and Peru.

This resolution reaffirmed that ‘the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace’.

It also reiterated the demand that Israel ‘immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respects all of its legal obligations in this regard’.

“As Member States of the United Nations, we must all be dedicated to implementing Security Council resolutions, as provided for in article 25 of the Charter of the United Nations, “The Security Council must stand behind its resolutions and ensure they have meaning; otherwise, we risk undermining the credibility of the international system,” they warned.

The resolution requested the ‘Secretary-General to report to the Council every three months on the Implementation of the provisions of the resolution’. This has so far been in the form of an oral report. The standard practice is, however, that the Council receives written reports.

In the report on the implementation of resolution 2334 presented on 18 December 2017, Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov reported that ‘no such steps had been taken during the reporting period’.

The Special Coordinator also reported that there was continuing violence against civilians, including terrorist attacks, during the reporting period as well as inflammatory rhetoric and provocations, despite the fact that resolution 2334 called upon both parties for immediate steps to prevent all acts of violence and to refrain from provocative actions, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric.

Source: Kuwait News Agency