US expresses opposition to bringing settlement issue to UN

By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
December 29, 2010 20:39

 
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The US State Department indicated its opposition to the effort to bring the issue of Israeli settlements before the UN Security Council Wednesday and stressed that final status issues should be resolved through negotiations.

“We have consistently opposed taking these kinds of issues to the UN Security Council,” US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said at a press briefing, though he declined to specify whether the US would actually veto a resolution should it be voted on.

Toner emphasized that “final status issues can only be resolved” through direct negotiations rather than a UN vote, a long-standing US position.

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