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MORAY'S MP WELCOMES UN RESOLUTION AGAINST ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS

04/01/2017  

Moray’s MP Angus Robertson has welcomed the United Nations Security Council vote in favour of resolution 2334 against the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Prior to the vote, the SNP had written to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson calling on the UK government to support the Egyptian resolution, arguing that the expansion of Israeli settlements would jeopardise the peace process.

Local MP Mr Robertson says that the situation in Israel and Palestine is one of the most persistent concerns of people in Moray, with many Moray residents regularly writing to him about various issues in the two countries. These issues range from the overall desire to see peace to humanitarian concerns such as the treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli courts and prisons.

The SNP MP recently led a fact finding visit to Israel and Palestine where they met with representatives of both sides in the long running and often violent dispute between Israel and Palestine.

One of the issues that features regularly in letters from Moray constituents is the issue of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Angus Robertson MP said:

"I very much welcome the UN Security Council vote which sends a clear signal that the expansion of illegal settlements within the West Bank are an obstruction to the pursuit of a successful peace process in the region.

“I have long argued that Israel must stop building settlements, which is a view widely shared within the international community and clearly demonstrated by this UN vote.

“It is to the credit of the many people who vigorously and persistently campaign on issues affecting Israel and Palestine, including my many constituents in Moray who take the time to regularly raise these issues with me.

“The long running conflict is a major cause of instability in the world and every country has a responsibility to help find a peaceful resolution. As long as settlements continue to be built on Palestinian land then that peaceful resolution is a long way off.

“The UN Security Council’s decision is a significant change and sends out a strong message.”

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