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Palestine: UN worried about “legitimizing” Zionist settlements

The U.N. Security Council expressed concerns on Monday in a statement about the Zionist entity’s plan to “legitimize” settlement outposts, reaffirming “the right of all nations to live in peace within secure and internationally recognized borders.

The statement was read by the President of the UN Security Council for the month of February and Permanent Representative of Malta to the United Nations at the beginning of the Council’s public briefing on “the situation in the Middle East, including the question of Palestine”.

Speakers included the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Winnisland, and the Deputy Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Leni Stinseth.

The communiqué affirmed the Council’s “firm commitment to the two-state solution (…), within secure and recognized borders, in accordance with international law and relevant United Nations resolutions”.

The Security Council expressed “deep concern and outrage” at the Zionist entity’s announcement on 12 February 2023 of its plans to continue building and expanding settlements and “legitimizing” outposts.

The Council reaffirmed “the serious threat facing the possibility of a two-state solution on the basis of the 1967 borders because of continued settlement activity”.

The Security Council further expressed its strong opposition to all unilateral measures that impede peace, including, among others, “the construction and expansion of settlements, the expropriation of Palestinian land, the legalization of outposts, the demolition of Palestinian homes and the displacement of Palestinian civilians.

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