AL chief urges prompt steps by Security Council against Israeli settlement activities

2012-12-03 19:38:57 GMT2012-12-04 03:38:57(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

CAIRO, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Arab League (AL) Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi urged the UN Security Council Monday to take prompt steps to deter the Israeli settlement policies.

"The Israeli government's decision to expand the settlements in the West bank and the Eastern Jerusalem is an escalating step after the United Nations recognized Palestine as a non-member observer state," Nabil al-Arabi said in a statement, adding such measures affect negatively the efforts exerted by the international community to achieve peace in the region.

Arabi welcomed the condemning statements issued by the UN and the United States, stressing the need for more serious actions against the Israeli violations that infringes the UN resolutions and international conventions.

Meanwhile, the AL called all the silent and hesitant countries to support the UN charter of the self-determination right, and called all the Arab people to support the Palestinians facing the current hard conditions.

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to construct 3,000 new settlements. The move came a day after the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state.

Settlement activities brought peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians to a halt in 2010. The Palestinian leadership decided then to appeal to the UN for a state recognition despite U. S. opposition.

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