No Palestinian-Israeli final status issues at UN, says U.S.

13:43, December 30, 2010      

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The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday that the United States opposes any attempt to take the final status issues of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to the UN Security Council, insisting such efforts will not help the goal of a two-state solution.

"Final status issues can only be resolved through negotiations between the parties and not by recourse to the UN Security Council, so we' ve consistently opposed any attempt to take these kinds of issues to the Council," said State Department spokesman Mark Toner.

"Because we believe that these kinds of efforts don' t move us any closer to our goal, which is of two states living side by side in peace and security," he said.

When asked if the United States would use its veto power against such efforts, Toner said the U.S. position is clear, declining to elaborate on the "hypothetical" question.

Meanwhile, Toner said that it has been the policy of U.S. administrations for decades that the United States does not accept the legitimacy of Israel's continued settlement activities in West Bank.

"In fact, we believe continued expansion is corrosive to peace efforts, as well as to Israel' s future," he added.

The direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, resuming on Sept. 2, have been suspended due to Israel's rejection to extend moratorium on settlement buildings in West Bank.

The Palestinians threatened to use other diplomatic options in case the peace talks fail, including appealing to the UN Security Council and the UN Assembly and demanding an international recognition of an independent Palestinian state on the territories occupied in 1967 by Israel with east Jerusalem as its capital.

Source: Xinhua
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