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ARAB PARLIAMENT REGRETS U.N.S.C. VOTE ON ENDING ISRAELI OCCUPATION

CAIRO, Egypt, Jan 2 – Arab Parliament President, Ahmad Al-Jarwan, expressed his regret on Thursday, over the UN Security Council’s rejection of the Arab-Palestinian draft resolution, calling for the end of Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories by 2017.

“The US customary rejection of draft laws against Israel was not the only disappointment felt by Arabs, but the abstention by a number of friendly countries and the against-vote by Australia compounded the Arabs’ disappointment, regarding a draft law that only sought the implementation of international law,” said Al-Jarwan, in a press statement here.

“The abstention by some and the against-votes were tantamount to sanctioning the Israeli occupation and illegal settlement of Palestine, which fly in the face of international law,” he said, stressing that the Arab Parliament, over which he presides, would double its efforts to promote the Palestinian cause and avail the Palestinians of their rights for an independent state, with Jerusalem for its capital.

He, furthermore, emphasised, Arab support for the Palestinian leadership, in all its steps to gain these rights, including seeking to join the ICC.

SOURCE: MENA