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Kuwait parliament speaker commends UNSC anti-settlement resolution
December 24, 2016, 8:15 am
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Kuwait parliament speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim praised a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution Friday that urged Israel to immediately stop Jewish settlement expansion in occupied Palestinian territories.

The resolution "is a step in the right direction," Al-Ghanim said in a press statement, and was another tool to exercise pressure upon Israel to abide by UN resolutions related to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The UNSC condemns as a "flagrant violation" Israel's settlement construction on occupied Palestinian land. Fourteen of a total 15 Security Council member states voted in favor of the measure as the US abstained, thus allowing the resolution to pass.

According to the resolution, there is "no legal validity" for Israeli settlements built on post-1967 occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem. Al-Ghanim said the resolution should be followed by other steps in international conferences like the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

He hoped IPU members move to prove how Israel was violating the IPU charter thus triggering penalties. Al-Ghanim however said these diplomatic moves might not be enough "but they should be encouraged and supported by the forces to unveil Israel's practices, which violate all international human rights norms."

Source: KUNA

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