Saturday, February 19, 2011

Same old same old: US vetoes UN settlement resolution

PressTV - US vetoes UN settlement resolution:

Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:28AM
Hank Flynn, Press TV, New York

"Hands shot up all around the Security Council on Friday as Brazilian Council President Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti called for those in favor of the resolution condemning Israeli settlement building.

When Viotti asked for those opposed one lonely hand shot up that of Susan Rice the American ambassador to the UN.

Rice's veto was one more in a long line of vetoes in support of America's ally Israel and it meant that the resolution could not pass in spite of the overwhelming support of more than 115 nations.

And so after the vote the first ambassador to speak was the one who cast the veto American ambassador Susan Rice who condemned Israeli settlement building all the while defending her veto.

US allies Germany, France and the United Kingdom all disagreed with the veto in a joint statement read by the British ambassador.

Palestinian observer Riyad Monsour was joined by Lebanese Ambassador Nawaf Salam after the vote as both men condemned the US veto to reporters gathered outside the Security Council chambers.

Each man also vowed to keep on fighting until the Palestinian aspiration to be a nation is realized.

Palestinian leaders say talks with Israel are impossible with construction taking place which they say undermines the territorial integrity of their future state.

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