Palestine to push for UN resolution on settlements

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Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session UN Photo/Cia Pak

Palestine has said it will push for a UN Security Council resolution to prevent Israel from building more settlements.

Israel has continued to build on Palestinian territories despite being banned from doing so by a UN resolution dating back to 1979.

The expansion of settlements has long been cited as holding back the peace process between Israel and Palestine.

Daniel Dickinson reports

Addressing world leaders at the annual general debate of the UN General Assembly, President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians were in "extensive consultations" to pass a fresh Security Council resolution on Israel’s continued settlement activity.

He said the two-State solution, where Palestine and Israel co-exist peacefully as neighbours, was not possible with the building of new settlements.

"I am compelled to again warn that what the Israeli Government is doing in pursuit of its expansionist settlement plans will destroy whatever possibility and hopes are left for the two-State solution on the 1967 borders. The settlements are illegal in every aspect and any manifestation. We will therefore continue to exert all efforts for a Security Council resolution on the settlements and the terror of the settlers, and we are undertaking extensive consultations with the Arab countries and other friendly countries on this matter."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, who addressed the General Assembly just one hour after President Abbas, said his country would never allow the UN to interfere with its policies.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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