NAM Urges Israel to Abide by Law

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has called on Israel to abide by its responsibilities under international law after Tel Aviv ignored to stop illegal expansion of settlement activities. 

In a statement on Thursday, Egyptian Ambassador to the UN Maged Abdel Aziz, who spoke on behalf of NAM at the Security Council, said Israel’s settlement activities totally contradict its so-called sincerity in achieving a two-state solution.

NAM "reiterates its call for the Security Council to be resolute in demanding that Israel abides by its legal obligations," he was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

"The Non-Aligned Movement believes that, at this critical juncture, the international community must renew its resolve to uphold its longstanding commitment to the realization of the two-state solution on the basis of international law and the terms of reference of the peace process," Aziz said.

Last September, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas began US-sponsored direct talks in Washington following a 20-month break.

However, the two sides failed to reach any agreements after the Israeli premier refused to extend a partial moratorium on settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The 10-month freeze expired at the end of September.

Palestinians say that settlement construction is aimed at preventing the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

(Press TV)

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