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 Ukraine could not but support UN SC resolution on Israel to avoid contradiction with its struggle against Russian occupation of Crimea, Donbas, - Ukraine’s Mission to UN

Ukraine's Permanent Mission to the United Nations issued a statement over the decision to support the UN Security Council resolution that called on Israel to halt settlement construction in the Palestinian territories.

As reported by Censor.NET citing UNIAN, Ukraine's Mission to the U.N. says the search for the conflict settlement is next to the deepest crisis in its history.

"The lack of prospects for the resuscitation of the peace process between Israel and Palestine results in the escalation of the security situation in Israel and the West Bank on an almost daily basis. Against this background, the unprecedented Israeli settlement activity in the Palestinian territories is unlikely to help tackle violence," the diplomats say.

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It is noted that the initial draft of the resolution was much tougher in relation to Israel. It was later reworked and balanced significantly, with the inclusion of requirements for the security bodies of the Palestinian National Authority to actively combat terrorism and take immediate steps to prevent any acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terrorism; the provisions on importance of bringing to justice those responsible for terrorist acts, strengthening efforts to combat terrorism, and maintaining security cooperation for the prevention of violence and terrorist attacks.

"But the final text of the resolution has been reduced to the repetition of many of the provisions already adopted by the UN Security Council. The call for Israel to stop its settlement activities as a necessary condition for the settlement of the conflict with the Palestinians on the basis of the principle of coexistence of the two states is nothing new. All parties (certainly, the Palestinian side as well!) are called for making collective efforts to achieve peace and security within the Middle East peace process," the statement reads.

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It is also noted that for Ukraine, any vote but "Yes" for the resolution calling for an end to illegal activities in the territories, which, under international law, have the status of the occupied areas, would not go in line with the fight on the diplomatic front against the temporary occupation of Crimea and parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions by the Russian aggressor.

"There are fundamental state issues, on which the position cannot and must not change depending on the political situation. There are national interests that do not always coincide with the interests of our partners, in particular Israel. From these interests, one can't either "abstain", or even more so, vote 'against', " the diplomat noted.

As reported, the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution which called on Israel to stop building settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.
Following the voting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled the visit of Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Hroisman to Israel.

On Sunday, the Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassador of Ukraine and those of other countries which had supported the U.N. SC resolution.
 
 
 
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