UN, June 2. /TASS/. The United States made another attempt to revise the international legal framework for settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This was stated on Friday, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia at the meeting of the Security Council once had a us draft resolution condemning attacks on Israel from the Gaza strip.
According to Nebenzu, the Russian side was ready to agree “with some provisions” of the US-proposed draft resolution. “We certainly recognize Israel’s right to security. Our vote is due to the fact that the USA was another attempt to revise the international legal framework for a middle East settlement. In addition, it spells out elements that do not correspond to the position of Russia”, – said the diplomat.
He noted that the US “has repeatedly called on members of the Security Council to uphold the balance in the consideration of crises in the middle East, but in your project they this balance for yourself and violated”.
As reported nebesa, Moscow a concern that the American side refused to include in its draft calls for the creation of conditions for the resumption of negotiations “with the aim of entering into a lasting settlement based on two States, Israel and Palestine, which would exist in security and internationally recognized borders”. “There was even removed references to the Arab peace initiative and the Quartet of international mediators, which remains unique and endorsed by the Security Council mediation mechanism”, – said sebenza. He called on the international community “to start practical work on the launch of direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.”
The UN Security Council on Friday voted on two draft resolutions concerning the Palestinian-Israeli settlement. Prepared by the Kuwait text on granting international protection to Palestinians was blocked by the United States, and the American document condemning the attacks on Israel and focused on the activities of the Palestinian Hamas movement, has not found support among security Council members. Russia, Bolivia and Kuwait voted against the document, another 11 countries, including the UK, China and France abstained.
Following the vote, the permanent observer of Palestine to the UN Riyad Mansour protested the U.S. position that, according to him, the use of the veto “in order to protect Israel” and to prevent the efforts to protect the Palestinians. In turn, the Israeli Ambassador, Danny Danon accused the UN of being biased against the Jewish state. According to him, the Council members ignored the threat posed by Hamas, who through their actions endanger Gaza residents.