Friday, February 25, 2011

WCC Rips US Veto of UN Resolution on Israel; Calls US Veto A "Mistake" That Threatens Peace

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee today expressed "its deep concern and disappointment" at the recent veto by the United States of a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning continued settlement construction by Israel in the Palestinian Territories.

The US veto of the resolution on February 18, 2011 -- which was co-sponsored by 130 countries and supported by 14 of the 15 members of the UN Security Council -- "contradicts the statement" made by President Barack Obama in Cairo in June 2010 that "the United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements," the WCC said.

The Central Committee statement called the US veto "a deeply regrettable mistake" and called upon the US government "to intensify efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in the region with respect to law and justice."

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